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Leeteg of Tahiti at his “Villa Velour”.

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Leeteg of Tahiti at his “Villa Velour”.

About Me

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My Background

My Inspiration

My Background

When I started studying black velvet painting, I came across paintings by Edgar Leeteg.  He mostly painted portraits of Tahitian people using chiaroscuro with stunning effect. In my work, I am trying to change people's perception of black velvet art just as Leeteg's work affected mine


   I started teaching myself velvet painting in 2007 and I made a pilgrimage to The Velveteria Museum of Velvet Paintings in 2008 which was a life-changing experience. Hundreds of velvet paintings covered their walls in all different styles. I discovered other masters such as Cece Rodriguez, Daniel Guerrero, Burke Tyree and Louis Behan. 13  years later, several of my pieces are part of The Velveteria's collection.

My work has been shown in Tucson, Bisbee, Phoenix, Mexico, Colorado, Los Angeles, Oakland, Miami and Joshua Tree.

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My Medium

My Inspiration

My Background

As a painter, I am attracted to the Renaissance technique of chiaroscuro, strong contrasts in illumination between light and dark areas.  Black velvet enhances this effect and also provides textural features you can not get on canvas. 

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My Inspiration

My Inspiration

My Inspiration

   I'm inspired mostly by contrasts in light and dark and texture, or just about anything that makes me think, "that will look great on velvet!" 


  My current series is inspired by Jazz-Age  nudes and the Art Deco style of the artist,  Erte.