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A semi-self taught artist, I had two art classes back in the dim, dark early days of college that were required for my architectural degree (University of Oregon, ’77). Since then I’ve enjoyed doing ink paintings for over 30 years while practicing architecture and as a professor. For me the accomplishment of becoming an architect, and satisfaction of being a professor have been rewarding in ways beyond brief description, and in addition art is a pure joy.

I’m from Washington state, have lived for extended periods in Oregon, Alaska and California, and married for forever in 1969 to my wife/friend who has been a rock steady support. We have one daughter, good friends, good educations and satisfying/successful careers.

Art has been a natural extension of, and diversion from, my architectural career. It allows me to be creative in my…

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  • Born on March 22
  • Joined June 11, 2008

Favorite materials

Higgins ink, brush, mechanical pen, pebbleboard, Textured fine art paper

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About

A semi-self taught artist, I had two art classes back in the dim, dark early days of college that were required for my architectural degree (University of Oregon, ’77). Since then I’ve enjoyed doing ink paintings for over 30 years while practicing architecture and as a professor. For me the accomplishment of becoming an architect, and satisfaction of being a professor have been rewarding in ways beyond brief description, and in addition art is a pure joy.

I’m from Washington state, have lived for extended periods in Oregon, Alaska and California, and married for forever in 1969 to my wife/friend who has been a rock steady support. We have one daughter, good friends, good educations and satisfying/successful careers.

Art has been a natural extension of, and diversion from, my architectural career. It allows me to be creative in my own way, without limitations, to explore and develop a painting to a level of completion that I can be fully satisfied with. Also, the challenge of ink drew me to it, and I’ve found that the possibilities and discoveries to be made are seemingly endless. With ink you must translate the tones and other aspects of colors to shades of grey, consider textures of materials, emphasis of contrasts, and recognize subtle effects of brush sizes, pencil sketch lines, background music, etc. While color can tend to focus on the color, black and white allows (sometimes forces) more focus on the subject.

I try to capture emotion, positive emotion, the good place in the mind.

Black and White most purely conveys and accents emotion,
allows you to focus on:
the subject
composition
quality of work
and allows light to appear in its purest form.

Paintings usually take between 100 to 200 hours of actually working with a brush in hand and sometimes also as much time contemplating how to continue. This allows me to spend an extended amount of time with each painting, which in turn allows a wide range of my own emotions to become an integral part of each painting. Thus I have to see something special and want to celebrate it, there has to be a sense of becoming part of the scene, or to have a sense of what it would be like to have actually “created” it. This feeling takes time to develop, so I take whatever time is necessary to look at the painting in progress and let it influence what I will do with it next. Or more specifically, do what my subconscious mind works out. In this way the painting develops a life of its own and in a way its own personality, or perhaps it is displaying an aspect of mine.

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