“I love studying the face. There is information to be gathered there, especially from the eyes and also the mouth. An endless variety of differences and similarities distinguish the features between individuals. Personality, mood, and emotion also add to the varying degrees of facial expression. It is like an exciting new adventure when I draw a portrait. My passion for detail blends with the light and dark tones of charcoal, my tool of preference. Historical figures from the old west continue to inspire me, along with an interest in my family’s Cherokee ancestry.
“In my endeavor to capture a likeness, I find there is never a formula to follow to shortcut my way through as shadows and highlights change, reflect, and shift through movement. While I gradually fill in features and focus on lines and shapes, I tend to forget who I am drawing until I step back to examine for accuracy. You know that instant when your eyes catch a familiar face in a crowd? That is when I know I have captured a likeness.”