I wonder about a lot of things, and sometimes people agree with my theories and observations. One of the things I wonder about is people, how we see them. How they see us… Have you ever meet someone and can just see a piece of who they are? Like a subtle truth in the way they walk and talk, the way they carry themselves. I draw people from time to time and I always hesitate before I start. In that moment I run through lighting and proportions and angle. I think of every possible way to see them and suddenly, I know… The perfect way to paint the creature in front of me that not only says something about who they are but shows their most beautiful features. Making this piece took me over a week of sitting in front of my table and spending hour after hour seeing nothing but this. For those of you that don’t know me, this is the piece I made for my father. His features and what I think of when I see him all in one. He is a strong and determined person, and he has more adventure stories than I can count. I think that to really paint someone well, you have to understand something about them. I may be alone in this theory but I always liked the art rule- you work better when you have a visual on your subject. A truth that says when you draw from life or a photo it is almost always better than painting from memory. I think this is one of my best works: for one, it shows great progress when working with more than one medium; for two, I don’t draw men very often but I think this one shows my improvement as an artist; and for three, I think this represents my subject (my father) really well. From the smallest details to the overall design. Color choice and accents as well as medium choice. I made this with the help of some photos and the difference it makes when I work makes me want to come to each project prepared and ready. Art takes effort, but its the one way we can make something breathtaking with a single glance.