Spending most my life as a day dreamer and an imaginer, going into mechanical design seemed a good fit (according to my dad...he was correct). After college, I was employed by ETEX Corp. in Petaluma, California...we designed actuator fits for a wide variety of applications...from the Alaskan pipe line, water treatment plants, oil refineries to adaptions at natural spring geyser facilities.
Next up my journey moved me a little north to Santa Rosa, California; working with some brilliant minds who designed a machine that polished aluminum disks. Back in the day, It was envisioned that one day, movies, music, books and all sorts of information will be stored on these...yes, CDs!
Then Texas called me home, and what was next for me would be the majority of my career, Aerospace. I was fortunate to work in the best part, flight test...again creating and working with more brilliant souls...fun was had, friends were made, fit tolerances calculated, and a career spent.
Which brings us to the present, I am gratefully retired from the engineering world.
What was next, was to go back to the beginning, back to a very early age, watching my mom paint, and work with ink on rice paper, watching her create beauty in all things she did... Which brings me here, today, inspired by a lifetime of dreaming and learning through observation, encouragement and opportunity.
I have fallen in love with the process of experimenting with abstract techniques, not just for the pure visual pleasure, but also the therapeutic calm, joy and total freedom and reflection it allows. It has brought me back to a separate style of geometric work of dynamic bold colors and free form, that I enjoyed long ago.
Mom inspired me by just doing and dad inspired me with his words of wisdom...
It is my good fortune to have a very supportive family, enabling me to follow my bliss.
Three years now (four, if we are going to count 2020...I am thinking not many will) in the making and experimenting with various mediums.
Some of my results are shared here in my virtual galleries. I continue to learn and experiment from my home studio in Fort Worth, Texas; where I have both shown and sold works locally.
In between the learning, doing and opportunities, I have traveled the state of Texas with my daughter's brilliant studio (LV23studios.com). We have participated in artist alleys at various Anime expos and Comic Cons. Some of the conventions we have participated in include: A-Kon, San Japan, Bell County Comic Con, Greater Austin Comic Con, and Anime Matsuri to name a few.
LV.23 studios has original and fan art. My contribution is fan art block prints of various Miyazaki characters, along with doing personalized commissions.
That brings us to date. I am grateful to be a part of the creative community, and I look forward to what the future holds.
Blessings and peace be with you. T
I like to experiment with many different mediums, acrylics, inks, cold wax, oils, photography, digital, and collage work combining some or all of them.
Favorite Quotes Found to date:
"Just because you put your boots in the oven, don't make them biscuits!" Richard Finger
"DON'T PANIC" Douglas Adams
I am inspired by nature, natural curiosity, the joy of learning, memories, sound... and the desire to grow.
The most important lesson so far: I have learned not to be afraid - take a chance and lay it out there! Be happy, let go and dance in that space art occupies- waiting for someone to help it into the world! Each idea manifests in its own individual style and in its own time.
I am grateful to be a part of any of it!