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I was first interested in drawing as a child.  Like most children I would grab a crayon and just start scribbling.  But where other kids left off, I continued.  I dropped the crayons for a more refined tool…. The Pencil.  As I grew older my scribbles turned to cartoons.  I would spend hours drawing Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang.  I guess I was drawn (pardon the pun) to the Peanuts gang because I shared the same last name as their creator (although spelled differently), and I shared a certain affinity for Charlie Brown.  Plus I loved dogs and Snoopy was my favorite.

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ”
-Pablo Picasso

I continued drawing off and on throughout my life but it was never more than a hobby, I never had any formal training.  When I was bored and had nothing else to do, or when visiting relatives over the holidays I would pull out a pencil and a sheet of paper and start to doodle.

As I grew older I would try more advanced drawings, trying to push myself to something greater.  I would try to draw people, landscapes (some of my favorite subjects were covered bridges).  These were okay for what they were, but nothing worthy of a gallery, unless you consider the kitchen fridge a gallery.

On more than one occasion I sent away for the drawing skills test from The Art Institute that I always saw on the television as a child, hoping that one day they would select me for an art scholarship.  But that day never came. (I don’t know how many times I drew that pirate!)

Oddly enough in my senior year at high school my attention turned towards computers, and that is what I eventually went to college to study.  I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Services and got a job programming computers for 16 years.  Eventually I moved on from there to become a Web Developer.

I have had several people tell me that I have a unique ability.  Working with computers requires more analytical, logical thinking, while drawing requires more creative thinking.  People tend to lean one way or the other, more logical or more creative.  I have been blessed with the ability to do both.

I never had any “formal” training in the arts. I have a natural talent and self taught myself the finer points of realistic graphite drawing through studying several books.

Most of my work has been done as gifts for family (usually because I was broke and could not afford a birthday or Christmas gift) or done for myself for personal enjoyment.

As I studied more and more, and I practiced more and more, the quality of my work continued to improve until it got to the point of what I like to call the WOW factor.  That’s when people can’t stop looking at what you’ve drawn and just stare at it repeating “Wow!”  It was due to this, and the prompting of family and friends, that I decided to go public with my work.

My style is photo-realistic and I’m a grahpite purists.  I don’t use carbon or charcoal.   I am a detailed oriented person.  I have tried to do just a basic sketch but I can’t help but continue to draw in more and more, capturing every fine detail.  So finally I gave into my passions rather than try to fight them.  I love to draw.  There is nothing more relaxing than getting lost in a new piece.

I haven’t had much time lately and had actually walked away from drawing for a couple of years.  It was due to a special person in my life that got me drawing again and I can’t thank her enough.  So now I’m back, working harder than ever, soaking in as much detail as I can, striving for perfection, even though I know it is unachievable, but if we don’t continue to improve we become stagnant.

My focus was mainly on portraits but will be attempting to develop my skills to include landscapes, buildings, covered bridges.  There is so much beauty in the world that surrounds us that the subject matter is limitless.  Keep tabs in my blog “What’s New” to see what is developing.