For as long as I can remember, art has always been a significant part of my life. It has grown from a hobby to pass the time, to an escape for me where I can let go of certainties - the state of mind where I lose myself, and I find myself. I love art in every aspect, but more then the art itself, I absolutely love creating it. I’ve found that the final product is just an added bonus.
I first studied fine art at the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2000 and furthered my education at Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts. It was at SVA that I had the great opportunity to study under realist painter Steve Smulka, a former prominent student of one of my favorite renowned artists, Chuck Close. Throughout my time at SVA, I had the opportunity to create drawings on large scales that ultimately became a fixation for most of my charcoal renderings
Dramatic, intense, powerful... these are the compositions that strike me the hardest. If I can get someone to say "Whoa" at first sight, I've succeeded in what I've set out to do. Not "Wow", but "Whoa". I feel that I’m most capable of portraying this intensity through the medium of charcoal. The blackest black contrasting with the whitest white is the key factor that strikes me the most. I find this powerful effect is amplified when created on a large scale.
The past few years, I've found myself devoting most of my artistic energy to the camera lens. Aside from an excuse to see some of the worlds most magnificent sights, it often gives me an unparalleled tranquility. My deepest fascination with photography is how the camera has the capability of seeing the world in a way our eyes never could.
In addition to Photography and Fine Art, I've furthered my visual versatility and branched out into graphic and web design. In the Spring of 2009, I officially established my own resourceful business Blue262 Creative; a company providing an array of design and visual services to an extensive range of clientele.