I have been taking pictures since I received my first camera (a Cannon AE-1) as a Christmas present when I was in 6th grade. The painting came later, when I was a Junior at Baylor University and started taking art courses. (Baylor bought my first painting - It was a 36x60 hard edge acrylic painting of a coke can - curious if they still have it somewhere).
I am mostly known for my pop art photographic images (Wonder Bread, Crayons, Champaign, etc.) as well as the photos of toy trucks. My style is to shoot with a very low depth of field, usually at an angle and on a white background. I try and add some emotion to the image.
Lately I have been photographing more of what I see around me, nature, graffiti, signs, etc. And I have started photographing through the windshield of a moving car in the rain. The light refracts through the rain drops when the car is moving slowly, and when its moving faster the wind pushes the water up the windshield or holds it there and the images have a very impressionistic feel to them. This is what I call the "Water Series".
I also enjoy photographing people, mostly families and some fashion. There is a link to my portrait photography site below.
When I paint, I primarily paint hearts, and I do so on paper, canvas and steel (mostly reclaimed truck and car hoods from the 60's to the 90's). I love hearts, they are an elemental shape and connote love in almost every culture. I paint many hearts overlaying each other in a systematic by not uniform way in order to complete the piece, this has been my experience of how love works in life. Love follows a general path, but it varies and is messy and happens over alot of time and in multiple experiences and layers.
When I paint on hoods, I often use text, generally the word(s) relate to love. Automobile hoods are a metaphor to me of culture at large. The automobile was a great driver of culture and economies for decades, but now the drivers of culture are digital media and social media. Now we are moved by digital experiences, not so much physical experiences. I like to reclaim the former glory of these physical automobile hoods from junkyards and give them a second life, to redeem them in a sense. I hope I am not getting too deep in the weeds here, they also look really cool, and are in a small way helping the environment.