Ink Portraitures & TAVART

Early in my career, I realized I had the mindset of an entrepreneur and started my own business as a designer/builder. My girlfriend at the time was taking an art class and her assignment was to do a 15 minute sketch of someone in pencil. That someone was me. When the 15 minutes were up, I looked at her drawing and told her I thought she could improve by doing certain things. Although my experience at that time was limited to architectural drafting, I offered to draw an image of her to explain my critique. When my 15 minutes were up, we both looked at what I had drawn and realized that I had an innate ability to draw with proportion and character. How cool I thought.

From that moment on, I connected with the artist in me, drawing portraitures of friends and family in pencil at first, later switching to ink and a technique called stippling (drawing with tiny dots using various sizes of rapidograph pens). As my drawings became more elaborate and detailed, I developed a unique style that became "my look." Eventually, I decided to reproduce my original drawings with limited edition Giclee prints on paper and acrylic. As exciting as it was to see my work professionally reproduced, I wasn't done creating. I decided to go big and came up with a concept I call TAVART, a multi-media presentation for my artwork that includes the use of LED lighting. Today, the TAVART format can be used as wall art for digital photography or as a collaboration between myself and other artists to showcase their artwork.