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 would say that I am definitely guided and mostly self taught. Currently, I am seeking a Master's degree in Sacred Art and Theology at the University of Pontifex.
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 still 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 and clay. I do enjoy sketching and ceramic sculpture.
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 for sacred art or religious work. However, I do prefer the freedom of expression in my other work such as still life and allegorical works.
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 Way of Beauty by David Clayton
The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Benedict XVI)
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