In my single digit years, my Mother was an art student at Tulsa University. I was always in love with all her cool art supplies, the smell, the feel, and she encouraged me by giving me a beginner’s oil set for my 10th birthday. I painted an 8×10″ painting and my Mother entered it in the Tulsa County Fair and I won a 2nd place ribbon. Later I turned to photography, and in 2001 I picked up my first paint brush since I was a kid, and I’ve been painting ever since. I started with acrylics, then switched to water soluable oils for doing plein air work. I made my own pochade box, and I’ve enjoyed numorous PA outings. I’ve recently been using oils, and I’ve discovered they are a little different from WS oils.
Another person who has greatly influenced me is my darling wife, who has been an artist her whole life, she is my toughest critic. Toher I owe many thanks for her helpful comments and words of encouragement.
I’ve studied and read many of Jerry Yarnell’s books, and I’ve had the previlege of taking two of his workshops where he helps the artist on what ever they are working on. I’ve learned a LOT from watching his videos, attending his work shops, and painting along with him while watching his videos.
After a couple of years of painting “Jerry Yarnel paintings,” I decided it was time to stretch my wings and try it alone. I fell out of the nest and barely escaped the cat. In other words, I found it was easy to paint along with Jerry and end up with a beautiful painting, but my first solo attempts were fuel for the fire. I went to the library and started really studing the craft of painting landscapes. I’ve read many books, and purchased an Master’s Art course and I’m still working my way through it’s course work. Learning to paint is a life’s long journey, one that I’m enjoying with all of it’s many failures and successes. I’ve learned a lot from reading and studing books about art, but the greatest learning comes from painting every day, even if it is only for 30 minutes.