I am a longtime resident of the Black Hills and Rapid City. My serious attention to art began when I was attending school in Illinois, and had opportunity to visit The Art Institute of Chicago.
Then, several years ago, my wife bought art supplies for me as a gift. Quite readily I was able to give expression to the images and impressions that had formed in me over time.
Presently my art comes from 2 sources: 1) My original oil paintings and 2) Photographs I have taken with my digital camera. It has elements of abstraction and realism--and often a combination of both.
In addition --> I manipulate and enhance the digitized files I have of my work to change them up, and often to achieve a brighter, more vibrant creation.