1977 - 1979 1st place Oil Painting Competition.
1981 - One Year Exhibition and residency at Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas
1986 - University of North Texas. B.S. degree in Industrial Graphic Arts Technology combined with a Fine Arts degree
2005 - 2nd place Texas State Art Competition
2014 - Art Gallery representation Detroit, MI
ART ON DISPLAY AT THESE LOCATIONS:
2014 - The Loft Fine Arts, Clinton Township (Detroit), MI
2016 - Plano Medical City Hospital - Plano, TX
2016 - Parkland Hospital - Dallas, TX
2017 - Swedish Medical Center - Englewood, CO
2019 - Merit Health Central Hospital - Jackson, MS
2019 - Kendall Regional Medical Center - Miami, FL
2020 - Doctor's Hospital - Largest Burn Center in USA, Augusta, GA
2020 - Burn Foundation of America - Augusta, GA
EXHIBITIONS, ARTICLES, NEWS REPORTS, and PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
2016 - Painting Dedication @ Plano Texas Medical City. Coverage by NBC news on DFW Channel 5.
2020 - Guest Speaker. Topic "Healing Power of Art" @ Annual Burn Symposium just outside of Atlanta GA. Plastic Surgeons and medical Staff attending representing burn centers nationally.
2020 - Author of Medical Journal article titled "Burn Survivor Artist Changes Artistic Approach by Sharing How Other Survivors of Traumatic Events Can Use Art to Heal Themselves by Helping Others Heal". Published in the March 2020 edition of The Annals of Plastic Surgery.
SUMMARY OF ART RESUME: I was classically trained in The Fine Arts since my youth. My mother was an artist and her father before her was an artist. She allowed me to attend professional art lessons with her regularly throughout my youth. I competed in many local, state and regional artistic competitions. It went without saying that I would attend a nationally recognized university Fine Arts Program. After graduating from the University of North Texas (UNT), I commissioned artwork by creating animal portraits. The realism paintings seen below are some of my earlier artwork that required this basic painting knowledge. Art is my passion! Although I truly enjoy the realism painting creation process, I have found that it limits my creative juices from flowing allowing me to dive deep into making art that is uniquely different. I strive to create art that "gives back". For example, I sometimes make paintings with high levels of texture so that visually impaired individuals can feel the artwork and tell what it is. In these cases, I make Braille on those paintings stating what the painting is....such as Orange Fish or Tall Trees. Those paintings are coated with clear coat epoxy and touching is encouraged. That's not something you hear when talking about Fine Art. I always try to provide color, depth and clarity with expressionism layered throughout. For the most part, the art you'll see on this page was done with Pastel, Oil and/or Acrylic paint typically on stretched canvas showing mostly realism artwork. I am available for gallery representation and speaking engagements concerning The Healing Power of Art. Let me know if any of you are interested and I will be happy to discuss anything you would like in more detail. Thank you for letting me share this brief ART RESUME. For more details, see the "About the artist" tab above.