I'm most well known for my paintings of my trusty sidekick, Sebbie--a marionette who's tagged along with me since childhood. He's starred in my still lives for years; he has a following all of his own at this point (probably bigger than mine). So let me introduce him now.
Me: "Everyone, this is Sebbie, Sebbie, this is everyone."
My figurative paintings I consider to be more personal work, usually without gallery or venue in mind while they're executed (as attempting to understand the human condition is seldom a public act) but they are starting to make the rounds as well as I find my stride with them.
I've also been trying to combine various loves by breaking into children's book writing and illustrating. It's been an uphill battle with the learning curve involved in understanding the children's book world and market, so very different from the fine art world. But, despite the battle, I have one book self-published, and several more, (better and more exciting, after all I've learned making mistakes in the first one) in the queue in various stages of completion with the intention of approaching an agent once they're presentable. So far it's been several years of work with zero income to show for it all, so I count myself lucky to still have the motivation to keep at it.
And just to keep things interesting (and some of the bills paid) I teaching drawing and painting on the side (and have been doing so for about a dozen years). I started teaching for the money (don't worry, I'm already aware of the cosmic joke that entails), but ended up finding I quite like helping people find their artistic potential. And I learn nearly as much from my students as they do from me.
So, enter Patreon. Patron is a lovely way for more people to adore Sebbie... *ahem* I mean, Patreon is a wonderful way to follow my work, getting first peeks at paintings and exclusive in-progress pictures. It's also a way for me to connect with students not local to the middle of nowhere I chose to live. And unlike Facebook or Instagram, there are perks (no, really, keep reading!), and no algorithms to boot.
As a patron, you'll receive exclusive access to studio updates and painting progress, in addition to mailed goodies (frequency dependent on your subscription level--levels listed on right). You'll have the option of choosing your subscription, whether you want to just keep up to date on works in the studio, or you want to receive goodies--think prints, drawings, Sebbie paraphernalia, the more subscribers the more creative I can get with the goods. And for the painters seeking feedback, you can to go the student route and receive critiques.
And if Patreon just don't float your boat, here are some other ways to support me:
Follow me on Facebook
Follow me on Instagram
Visit my Etsy shop
Buy me a coffee
Buy my book
And if you're looking for a full listing of my paintings and exhibitions, please visit my website: