Photography: E. VanPatten

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Thank you for visiting this site and taking the time to view my artwork! I'm truly grateful to all the people that I have met and that have shaped me into who I am today.  Thank you, thank you!

I operate out of my home studio in central New Hampshire which was a former funeral home where I live with my wife and children.  It lends itself well to a unique environment in which to be creative.  I have full analog and digital set ups at my studio and tend to go between the two as shown.

I love artworks which have a mood and in which the composition lends itself to heavy light/dark contrasts.  I find myself reproducing what I see for the most part in my art and I generally attempt to be literally and photo realistic as possible while I have a real passion and interest in the loose painterly nature of the Impressionists.  

I anticipate eventually moving into surrealism in my personal work and more abstracts.  In some of my illustration work you can see this a bit and these works are what I called 'free association drawing' and this piece comes along as I am creating it vs. entering into it knowing what I'm doing ahead of time.  I would like to bring this into digital art and painting and I also anticipate doing some sequential art in oil on canvas hopefully in a published capacity.

Fun facts: I have played drums since I was 11 years old and toured the US in 1997 with an indy rock band right out of high school.  I enjoy cigars, cycling, music, time with my family and I am also the co-host to the weekly podcast Planet Awesome Podcast.  In art I adore my fellow country man Van Gogh.

I think Van Gogh summed it up best for me when he wrote to his brother Theo and said:
"What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart." -Vincent VanGogh