Q: Where did you learn to paint?
A: I have a Master's Degree in Architecture and a Minor in Art from the University of Idaho. But my education did not end there! I'm a seeker and continually learning/growing as an artist. I am currently mentoring under several artists that I admire. (see about page under education)
Q: What paint colors and tools do you use?
A: My complete palette and supply list can be found on the Tool Kit page. These colors are my foundation list, but I do try to experiment with different colors and brands from time to time. I also try to paint directly from life, but I will use photos for allegorical or sacred works.
Q: Do you only paint with oils?
As an artist I enjoy experimenting other mediums. Albeit, I am most comfortable with oils, I do enjoy sketching, painting in gauche and pastels.
Q: What type of lighting is in your studio?
A: Natural lighting from my north facing window provides the best lighting throughout the day. This is a cool temperature of light, ideal for seeing most colors and detail of my still life. Otherwise, I use a 5500 kelvin-temperature fluorescent bulb to duplicate the temperature of natural light. I use only warm incandescent bulbs for reading, sketching or playing with clay.
Q: Do you do commission work?
A: I will take commissions. However, I do prefer the freedom of expression in my works that leave my impression on how I see things. It is the most honest form :-)
Q: What books would you recommend to artists?
The Bible and The Magnificat for daily devotionals :-)
Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting by Richard Schmid
The Vertical Ascent by Dr Wolfgang Smith
Beyond the Easel by Sheila Davis (art business)
The Way of Beauty by David Clayton
Mastery by Robert Green
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Composition of Outdoor Painting by Edgar Payne
Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson
Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color by Kevin Macpherson
Art and Prayer : The Beauty of Turning to God by Timothy Verdon
How Catholic Art Saved the Faith by Elizabeth Lev
Finding Divine Inspiration by J.Scott McElroy
Letter to Artists by Pope John Paul ll