I retired recently and almost all my co-workers had the same question, “what are you going to do with your time?” My response was, “I’m going to paint.” Most of them didn’t know that I’ve been painting on and off for most of my life. I did take multiple art classes in high school and was encouraged to go to art school by my teachers. Unfortunately, my life went in a different direction. I got married, started a family and followed my father and grandfather into the pipe fitting trade. As an apprentice, I learned to weld and for twenty five years, that became my primary means of artistic expression. I can honestly say I loved welding. Good welders are artists that prove themselves every day that they go to work. Later on, I moved to supervision and eventually retired as a Field Engineering Supervisor, although I always missed the hands on creativity of welding. During my working career, I painted on and off as a hobby. I’ve always painted for myself, although I have given paintings to family and friends. My work has always leaned towards the abstract although sometimes I feel the need to try something more representational. I have always been fascinated with color and most of my paintings reflect that. I paint mostly in acrylics although I have been dabbling in watercolors recently. I enjoy looking at the work of other artists and have to admit that in many cases, I feel humbled by the quality of their work. There are some very talented and accomplished artists in the TriCities area! My work shown here represents art that is over 25 years old as well as art that was created in the past month. The truth is that with regard to art, we never stop learning. I know that I have much to learn and intend to learn what I can to become a better painter. This is the first time I have ever put my work out there for the public and other artists to see. My hope is that you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed creating it. Thank you.