When I was a kid I loved to draw dinosaurs. Then, like most of us, I grew up. As a young man, hiking in the mountains became my passion. I began to make sketches during my hikes and take lots of photos. While sitting in waiting rooms or during some meetings, I doodled mountains. Through the years, I took continuing educational art classes, which helped keep me going. In 2006 (I was in my fifties, then), I went to art school and got my BFA. That was a great experience. During art school, those dinosaurs reappeared in my work. Today, I continue to draw and paint mountainscapes, landscapes, and, the occasional dinosaur.
When I started the Sketchbook project, my approach was elaborate doodling with just pens and ultra fine Sharpies. My goal was to improvise each sketch with as little planning as possible. In the color doodles, I used a repetitive, short line, in groups, and built up the color layers. Inevitably, mountains and dinosaurs crept into this project. The mountains and landscapes that we live on are my inspiration.
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