Currently I am painting flower images, mainly from the iris flower. These images are meant to be something other than visual illusions or mimics of iris flowers - they are intended to be metaphors or doorways into visual, emotional, and sometimes even spiritual journeys - into flowerscapes of peace, order, beauty, and unity. They are metaphors of the human condition, of the magnificent yet fragile nature of our humanity and our constant dependence on our Creator for inspiration, protection, nurturing, and restoration. I realize humans are capable of extremely ugly horrible cruel things also, which is worth addressing in paint as well. But that is for another time. Presently my work is a joyful celebration of living, having purpose on this earth, and bearing fruit.
I began a serious interest in painting in the summer of 1967. I have been able to do some painting, and a lot of thinking about visual art concerns both formally and philosophically, and a lot of teaching visual art concerns ever since. I earned a Master of Fine Arts, in Painting from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR in 1983; a Master of Arts, in Digital Media from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR in 1998. I am teaching in the Art Department of NW Arkansas Community College where I started teaching in 1990. I live in north west Arkansas with my wife and two of our seven children in a beautiful house, Castle Gate, that I built with the help of my older son and one of my daughters and has been a major studio project for the last six years. The painting studio is still waiting to be finished. I am also a five-fold ministry prophet in a local ecclesia.
June '13 .