I think one of the greatest disappointments someone may have with my art is to learn I do not 'make it up'. Certainly I use a tremendous amount of creative concepting, gestural sketching and imaginative design in the initial phases of nearly every image I create, but the real work of what I put into my art comes from the keen observations of life and nature around me.
I do not whip up a dragon out of thin air, rather its anatomy, textures, movement, color, and character are compiled from numerous living animals - bats, large predators, lizards, salamanders, insects, etc. Elements of these animals go into feeding my imagination the fuel it needs to cook up a creation like a dragon. And so this goes for architecture and landscapes as well.
Take a little walk with me and see how I interpret the data of the natural world. These voyages brings us through various landscapes, architectural masses, setting suns, natural caves, and optical abnormalities I find fascinating. The interplay of light, shape, and texture are key to my understanding the character of forms and how I can 'sample' that data to utilize in my art.
This trip did not take me more than two feet from the computer I composed this post from.
It's not where you travel that matters, but how you see what you see on your voyage.
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