I've been working with acrylics for as long as I can remember. They were my "go-to" and default paint before I started exploring other mediums. In 2006 I started practicing painting in acrylic for friends and family more seriously, and then came 2011 where I began to donate and commission some of my work.
While I was awaiting admission into Moorpark College's Exotic Animal Training and Management Program I attended Las Posits College. Among my many classes ranging from Chemistry to Calculus, I decided to take a "fun" class. So I spent every Friday for a whole semester in "Acrylic & Oils for Beginners and Intermediate Artists" with Mr. Bill Paskewitz. I had to prove to Bill that I had the skills to jump into a painting class without taking the prerequisites by presenting him with a portfolio of my sketches on the first day. It was not easy to convince such a stern, critical, yet passionate Instructor and Art Director but, I did. I could go on and on about this class, but what I really took away from it was a new appreciation for not only art, but my materials, techniques, the time that it took to create such pieces and other artists.
Unfortunately Bill unexpectedly passed away in 2014. I wish he could see what I'm up to today, I think he would be proud.
His memory will forever live on through his artistry as well as the legacy he left through his students.
To learn more about Mr. Bill Paskewitz click here.
Many of my influences come from family, friends, and our natural world. I do hope you enjoy this collection.