My interest in landscapes began many years ago when I was a student at Montana State in Bozeman, MT where I was studying photography. The breathtaking beauty of the mountain landscapes just demanded my attention, whether on film or canvas. However, life had a way of getting in the way of things and it wasn't until I had retired from being an aviation maintenance instructor that I rediscovered that long ago yearning to capture the incredible beauty of the mountains.
I started painting “Happy Little Trees,” from a CD, which of course, led to wanting more from my art. However, I do have to credit that CD with opening a whole new world to me and that I wasn't half bad at putting trees and mountains on a piece of canvas. While searching the 'net for a more advanced method of painting landscapes, I came across the first of many Jerry Yarnell demo classes and I was hooked.
I went to Tulsa for one of Jerry's classes and that just further convinced me that this was the style I wanted to emulate and in which to become accomplished. I signed up for the online class and sweated bullets over photographing and submitting my assignments to Jerry. Some of the pictures he assigned I enjoyed immensly, and there was one or two that I honestly can say were not my cup of tea. That being said, those were probably the best teaching pictures I finished and the ones that Jerry graded the highest. Value changes, blending techniques and working with that script brush are just a few of the valuable tools I will use with each and every painting I do. Thank you Jerry for your inspiration and guidance.
I am from Arlington, Texas. My wife and I are both retired and enjoy traveling and spending time on the golf course and with our two rescue pups, Lucky and Birdie.