Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Who/what are your art influences/heroes/mentors/inspirations?
To name a few, in no particular order: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Fernand Leger, Eyvind Earle, Kurt Schwitters, Sigmar Polke, Gerard Richter, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, M.C. Escher, Joan Miro, Rene Magritte, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Michael Graves, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Saarinen, Philippe Stark, MacKintosh, Stickley, Danish furnitures, Bauhaus, DeStijl, etc.

Have you ever received any formal training?
Not really. I took art classes when I was in college and lately, in our local art organization. I've also taken workshops as well. Pretty much 'self-taught.' I do read a lot of books and have always experimented. And I've also studied artists that I admire.

Did you study under professional artists?
Yes. I studied under Othmar Carli, George M. Clark, and Claire Giblin.

What's your favorite medium?
Good ol' pencil and pen & ink. I also like using watercolors in a non-conventional way.

What's your least favorite medium?
Acrylics, although I've been using it a lot lately with my experimental/abstract work. It's growing on me.

As a mixed media and abstract artist, can you name the other mediums you use or other techniques/processes you do?
Based on my current work as an abstract and experimental (mixed media) artist, I've been using water-based mediums like acrylics (paints and gel mediums), inks (acrylic, drawing, india, walnut, and Sumi), watercolors (including gouache), and Caran d'Ache. I also use watercolor pencils, pastels, charcoal, graphite, ebony, and oil. And I integrate some collage, linocuts, woodcuts, and printmaking in some of my work.

Do you ever have creative slumps? What do you do then?
I think most 'creatives' (people) do and I'm no different. I just try not to sweat about it and do something else constructive or do one of my creative outlets. I take photos. I play my guitar/music. Do computer work. Read. Play with my pets. Play tennis or fence. Or just do nothing. I think it's good to stop when experiencing a creative block and re-address it for later. Finding something to re-energize or rejuvenate yourself is always a good thing.

How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started?
I don't necessarily have a specific style (i.e. realism, expressionism, etc.), as you can see on my portfolio. But I do gravitate or work towards 'simplicity'. Simplicity in concept, design, technique or process. Basically, I just do what I like to see. It changes constantly. When I see a technique or style that's very interesting, I try to experiment and incorporate it to my work. What I can say though, I'm more experienced and I know more techiniques than before. But creatively, I try to remain true to what I feel that moment.

Do you have side projects you work on?
Constantly, besides my day 'job', I do photography. I still consider myself an amateur but lucky enough to get some of my photos published. I also do scrapbooking which I haven't got the time lately. And working on a book.

What do you do for fun when you're not doing art?
Check 'creative slumps' above.

What has been inspiring you lately?
Collages, work of Gerard Richter & Sigmar Polke, Cate Blanchett, and Texas (the band).

Would you consider doing a collaborative work?
Sure, when it is a 'right' project and the timing is good. You can't go wrong with that.

Do you sell your work?
Yes I do. Please email me for pricing information and availability. I also have some of my work available on my etsy SHOP.

Do you do or accept commission work?
I do occasionally. Please email me for more information.

What type of payments do you accept?
Cash, check, and credit cards through Paypal.

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