My Creative Process

When I start a piece, I find myself walking around it, like a beast stalking its prey, which is funny because I'm a vegetarian! Nonetheless, I circle the piece to get a feel for it; the grain, the direction of it, the feel of the wood. I do this until the piece begins to speak to me. Certain lines and patterns jump out at me and become the first elements I illustrate.

When I start a piece, I find myself walking around it, like a beast stalking its prey, which is funny because I'm a vegetarian! Nonetheless, I circle the piece to get a feel for it; the grain, the direction of it, the feel of the wood. I do this until the piece begins to speak to me. Certain lines and patterns jump out at me and become the first elements I illustrate.

Using a pencil, the ribbons fall into place from there as I define the various sections of the piece, leaving the detail to be filled in by my brush. I paint all the flowers, foliage and heart-felt elements first, balancing my colors as I make my way across the piece. Then I begin filling in the background colors, maintaining the balance originated by the illustrations. Next comes the intricate details that really make the piece come alive.

Lastly, I create the black and white patterning woven throughout the piece. Once my painting is complete, I have a professional wood finisher add a clear top coat that will protect the piece for years to come. Finally, the piece is ready to go to its forever home and create conversation and inspiration in your daily life.