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Guymon, Oklahoma, United States
I am blessed to live where my grandfather homesteaded, to have three beautiful daughters who are my best friends, to have six delightful grandchildren who live nearby, to be married to my sweetheart of 35 years and to thrill to the special magic of creating my own works of art. I'll never cease to thrill to witnessing new ideas and images come to life from the point of a pencil or splash of a brush. I am blessed.

Thursday, December 08, 2011


It's a busy time with the holidays approaching, finishing up holiday commissions, working on scenery for our church's drive thru Nativity and teaching the last few weeks of school.  On top of everything else I am gearing up to direct another murder mystery dinner theater for our local Emergency Youth Shelter. 

The shelter committee is a wonderful group of generous people and they asked if I would get a design ready so they could promote this year's show ahead of the holidays.  They hope to entice some people to purchase tickets as gifts and get the ball rolling on promoting the event.

Here is this year's poster/ticket artwork.  I have to admit that I took the idea of the lettering from an existing design used by the production company.  I first drew it in black and white then recreated it in color using colored pencils.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Matthews Family Portrait
14" x 10" Graphite Pencil on 80lb Paper

I know most studio artists live and die by commissions but I really don't enjoy doing commission work.  I have the luxury of a full time teaching position to pay the bills so most of my artwork is created for my personal enjoyment.  If something I've done sells then wonderful but the real joy for me comes in the process and not the sale of the final product.

A good friend brought me an envelope full of various photographs of family members and asked if I would create a composite drawing of the best in one drawing.  I've done this before but found this especially challenging since the photographs were really small and I have never met these people in real life.

I happy to be done.  As in any commission piece, I hope the customer is pleased.  I was able to work a lot in class while my beginning students are preparing to create self portraits for their semester finals.