Golden Hour is a painting of the Walnut St. Bridge and aquarium in Chattanooga, my home town.
I created most of this piece using acrylic paints, and then I finished it up with some digital art and manipulation on the computer.
November 18, 2020
Sunset at St. Mary's
Painting of St. Mary's Catherdral in Limerick, Ireland. Founded in 1168.
Mixed media using modeling paste for cross and wall, and acrylics on 11"x14" wooden panel
June 5, 2020
I created this in today’s live art session, themed fantasy creatures. This was a creature I created in elementary school. I had to think of a hybrid animal, and then write a paper about its habitat, food, personality, and physical description. I came up with the Humminghorse. Now, back then the Humminghorse was extremely docile and small, but things evolved.
I could probably think of a better name for this animal now, but as a little kid that was as good as it got. The name stuck. As the name suggests, this creature imitates the horse and the hummingbird. It is larger than the average horse, and has a slightly longer neck. The Humminghorse is coated in a protective layer of hard scale-like feathers which gradually turn to white hair. This naturally produced iridescent armor and red breast plate, helps the Humminghorse in times of war. It’s wings are faster than the average hummingbird, and produce a loud thrumming noise. It’s call is a high, ear-piercing whistle during war to briefly incapacitate the enemy before using its sword-like beak to kill them. It’s other call is a more peaceful, melodic hum. Their long elegant feather tails can be deceptive. The knife like feathers of the tail can be spread and draped, dragging behind the creature in a regal heir, but it can quickly form into a long slicing weapon if needed. This creature’s most desirable quality is it’s echolocation, which is used to detect and find enemies miles away. The Humminghorse is not easily tamed, but once it is, it forms a permanent bond until death. The most common companions to these creatures in war are the sagittarii elves. When it is not in battle, a tamed Humminghorse can be extremely gentle and understanding. It’s sustenance comes from giant flowers native to it’s planet.
Thank you Andres Sarabia for suggesting this theme for our video! I had so much fun with this!
Acrylics on 6"x9" canvas paper
May 9, 2020
My first self portrait painting. This is me as a child holding a sparrow.
Acrylics on 16"x20" canvas
May 7, 2020
The Edge of Glory
In the summer of 2018 my family and I took a youth group to Farmington NM on a mission trip. Afterwards, we drove to see the Grand Canyon for the first time. Before the trip I had packed my paints, an easel, and a canvas, knowing I was going to paint the canyon. When we arrived there, I found a beautiful overlook, Hopi Point, facing the sunset. The vastness and colors of this glorious part of God's creation took my breath away, I can't even describe all the things I felt when I sat down and picked up my brush to begin painting. Unfortunately, we were not there long enough to allow me to finish the painting. And now, a year and a half later after completing my list of commissions, I was able to finish this treasure.
In the painting I used a slightly more modern style from my usual pieces. I wanted to capture all the colors, textures, and layers in the rock by overemphasizing everything. This is definitely one of my new favorite paintings.
12"x24" Acrylic on Canvas
November 30, 2019
Will I Ever Know
I was asked by a friend of mine who is the singer in the band Track 145 to design and paint their first album cover! I was so honored that they would ask me to do that. Thank you Track 145 for trusting me to design this for you. A video of the process of this painting/picture is linked in the Videos page!
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Digital Art/Acrylic Painting
September 13, 2019
This is an eagle I did in pen while teaching an art lesson. It was a great lesson on exercising freehanding without relying on an eraser to fix your mistakes.
September 11, 2019
After many hours, weeks, and months, this painting was finally completed! I painted this for my grandpa, and it was inspired by one of his German Shorthair Pointer hunting dogs. In the reflection of his eye there are two quail flying over the field of golden grass. I have to say the hardest part of this piece was painting the hair. Hair makes me “ADHD” apparently. It was also really taxing on my muscles, so after finishing a tiny section everything in me wanted to do something else more interesting. All that to say, my grandma, who requested it, waited patiently for this painting for two years while I got my act together. Because I poured such an extensive amount of time and energy into this piece, I settled on a simple title, The Hunter.
It was a very beautiful day when I finished my signature on the bottom corner of this painting that I now love dearly.
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16"x20" Acrylics on Canvas
August 13, 2019
This piece took me 5 1/2 hours and I loved every second of it. I have been wanting to venture into a more loose abstract style, to take a break from all the realism. This painting definitely allowed me to do that.
18"x24" Acrylics on Canvas
May 24, 2019
After a short 3 hours, this painting was completed. This was another one of my emotional paintings like Out of Darkness. They say a picture is worth more than 1000 words so I’m not going to try and put too many words to this picture. But whatever you’re going through whether it’s shame, fear, sorrow, anger, or regret, know that it is just for a season. It is OK to feel those emotions, just don’t let them define your life and who you are. The season will not last forever. I promise you it is not the end of the world no matter how bad it may get. Don’t give up on God because God has never, and will never give up on you. So, sit down. Rest. Feel those emotions. Pray. Then get back up again. March on soldier!
3'x2' Acrylics on Canvas
May 26, 2019
A few months ago I was asked by a few people if I had ever tried wood burning. At the time I had not, but it made me want to try it out. Here is my first wood burning piece! I made it for my dad because he frequently announces the sighting of the Chickadees when they come to visit the feeder. I saw two Chickadees outside my window today, hence the inspiration.
8"x8" Wood burning
I started painting this the day after I injured my knee, to help get my mind off it, and after 14 hours of work it was completed. What inspired this piece is personal and something I have never really told anyone before. My tremors are a constant thing I have to deal with, and the only time my body can be completely motionless is when I'm asleep. So I have never known what it feels like to be still, sleep takes that experience from me. However, in the past few months I have learned how to still my tremors when I go to a certain place in my mind. I wouldn't call it dozing, (because this happens before that) but I can get into that mental state best when I am tired. I am still fully conscious, thinking, and aware of my surroundings, but my body is completely still. It feels as though I couldn't move a muscle even if I wanted to. And it is absolutely the most amazing thing I have ever felt! I have learned how to lengthen that mental state before sleep takes me, or something disturbs me. When something gets me out of that trance its like a jolt, even though I'm not scared, my tremors just jump back all at once. The best way I can describe this state of mind is floating in deep heavy water.
'Serenity' is a different style than my usual, though I don't know what you would call it. Everything is significant in the painting, but one of the most important is the distinctive colors. While the water is cool relaxing tones, the warmer tones coming from above the water represent the heat and constant energy of life. The heat is still there, but the water is the peaceful interlude.
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12"x 24" acrylic on canvas
January 22, 2019
If I Were A Bird
This is Jay the bird. I was commissioned to illustrate a children's book recently titled, If I Were A Bird. This will be my first book illustration project.
February 6, 2019
Portraits have proven to be the most challenging for me to paint. This painting was a commissioned piece I started a year ago. The theme of the painting is based on the Biblical account of the Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus at the village well. The image of the woman and water came to me suddenly, bringing with it inspiration, excitement, and determination; however, it did not last. The struggle and irritation of getting the skin tones with it's blues, greens, yellows, purples and reds just right was overwhelming. I soon gave up, walking away from it for several months. However, it was always pressing at the back of my thoughts. I knew it needed to be finished. I finally sat down and began working on it again. The desire was not there, but I pushed myself to do it and sought God for strength. Motivation and inspiration flooded back, allowing me to resume the work. This painting taught me that I cannot waste time waiting for motivation to find me. If I do, months and even years will go by completely wasted. I need to take the first step and trust God, even when I do not feel like it. He will meet me, and motivation will follow.
16"x20" acrylic on canvas
December 7, 2018
It is Well with My Soul
I painted this for a family who is going through one of the worst things I can imagine. The painting is titled, “It is Well with My Soul”. Painting helps me process through my emotions and gives me a lot of time with my thoughts. I have experienced too much death in one week, I feel in a way like I’ve been choking in it. The weight of it has been unreal. The pain and sorrow it causes can completely consume you if it is allowed, making one feel hopeless. Thankfully death has already been defeated. While there is time for mourning, it will pass because life is still stronger than death. Rest, peace, and comfort will come making it well with my soul.
8”x8” painting on wood, acrylic and modeling paste.
September 30, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
September 16, 2018