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View my photos, and my comments as an Artist. Portrait drawings on paper. Oakland, CA

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Welcome to my Biography page. This website page explains my life story, so get to know the Artist and his experiences. Let's start from the beginning starting with my parents, my father a was  retired from General Motors and a Vietnam Veterans.  My mother took care of my father. My parents were strong people. I was the oldest of four. I grew up with a lot of cousins, aunts and uncles, both sets of grandparents and my great-grandmother. My father was a decorative Vietnam Veteran. He earned the Purple Heart, and other medals and 2 rifle medals for being a sharpshooter. He uses to tell us about his experiences in Vietnam. It was only by the grace of God, he made it back home.  After he came home from the war in 1969, he got a job as a Diesel Mechanic for a trucking company called P.I.E. And General Motors. He was a good Dad and a good provider.  When I was a kid, I was proud of him, and I wanted to be like him. He was my hero. He used to take us on family trips, like the County Fare every year. He took us to the Drive - in Movies. He was always cool and mellow. my Pop was one of a kind. There will never be another one like him. My mother also worked hard. My Mom's was the opposite of my Pop's. She made sure that we were all ok. My Mother take good care of us. She took us to Church and made sure our faith stayed strong in God. She kept our family spiritually strong. She made sure we stayed in school and get our High School Diplomas. Back in the 1960's my mother worked for a white woman. She did her laundry and ironing. In the early 1970's, She worked at a self-service Gas Station. She wanted to make her own money. Her hobbies were sewing on her sewing machine, and crocheting. She used to make caps and scarves. I had a happy childhood. She gave us birthday parties. My parents bought us new school clothes every year. After school, I would put on my play clothes, and go outside and play with the other kids. The neighborhood I grew up on, had full of kids, who knew how to have fun. Kids from other neighborhoods used to come to our neighborhood and hang out. My parents always had a nice family car, later on we upgraded to a new van. I had to do my chores, like wash the dishes, sweep and mop the floor, take out the trash, mow the lawn with a push lawn mower, and go to the store and get my Pop's newspaper. We got an allowance. We were blessed. We were blessed. I thank God for my parents, I probably would not be here, if it wasn't for them. Drawing has always been fun for me. I guess I had a passion for drawing ever since I was able to hold a pencil in my hand. All the kids draw, I just never stopped. Drawing was my escape from the real world. I used to draw superheroes on big construction paper and hang them all over the house. I remember when I was a little kid, I used to draw on my bed sheets and on blank pages in books. I used to search for a piece of paper and sit on the floor and draw cartoons. I used to like to draw Fred Flintstone. He was very easy to draw. I remember kids used to crowd around my desk and watch me draw. I used to draw cartoon caricatures of family members. When I attended college, I learned how to draw serious portraits, landscapes, and human anatomy. I create images using my own skills and imagination in the production of things and humanities. I use a simplistic formula, by getting my heart and mind in alignment with my artwork. I understand the fundamentals of how to draw from my own imagination or from an image. Drawing is not all that complicated.

Anyone can learn how to draw. Drawing takes practice and patience. I have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University, I have completed one semester of the Teaching Credential Program, and I have completed two semesters of the Art Gallery Program for continuing students at East Bay Hayward State University. "Because only a few individuals seem to possess the ability to see and draw, artists are often regarded as persons with a rare God-given talent. Drawing seems mysterious and somehow beyond human understanding. "How do you draw something, so it looks real - say a portrait?" the artist is likely to reply, "Well, I just have a gift for it, I guess, " or I really don't know. I just start in and work things out as I go along," or "Well I just look at the person and I draw what I see." The last reply seems like a logical and straightforward answer. Yet it doesn't explain the process at all, and the sense that the skill of drawing is a vaguely magical ability." (Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. by Betty Edwards) (P.2).

When I'm creating my artwork, it's like therapy. For example. When I get a sense of creative inspiration, I stand in front of my easel, and create something that gives me an up-lifting spirit. Physically I'm drawing a picture, but spiritually God is creating a work of art. Drawing helps me to release my creative expression on paper. Drawing allows me to express my energy in a positive way. Creating artwork allows me to focus my attention on becoming a better Artist. I always try to dig deep into my own creative style. Now a days, there are a lot of young talented Artist's out there in the world, and I am blessed to be one of them. The art world is very competitive. The internet is very helpful for an artist. The internet allows artists to show and sell their work. "As your skills in seeing increase your ability to draw what you see will increase, and you will observe your style forming. Guard it, nurture it, cherish it, for your style expresses you. As with the Zen master - archer, the target is yourself". (Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain) By Betty Edwards. P.23

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