I suppose those fortunate enough to have had an idyllic childhood (like mine) attempt to celebrate and preserve its memory. For me it is the discipline of drawing. The book art of Gustave Dore will always affect my work.
In my early 20's I studied at The Art Students League in New York and was primarily influenced by the fantasy and mythical artwork of the Renaissance and Baroque masters. During that time, infatuated with the old world splendor of castles and Victoriana, I started collecting heavilly carved antique furniture. I continue to acquire antiques today.
My artwork is the synthesis of those experiences with a narrative ranging from the sociological to works simply based on a visual aesthetic. I work in black and white charcoal on toned paper. Each drawing starts with a concept which is constantly revised and adjusted as the work progresses. It is a slow process taking weeks or several months to complete.
I am in complete agreement with Marion Boddy-Evans when she stated, "Art is foremost for the artist who creates it. You do it for your soul, and if anybody else gets something out of it, that's a bonus."