Born: New Roads, Lousiana
Cedar Hill, TX
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee, New Roads, LA
with trees dates back to my childhood and how I used to love to perch in a beautiful mimosa tree in our front yard and watch
the world go by.
In south Louisiana,
where I grew up and spent half of my life I admired the majestic big oaks and tall pecan trees that were prevalent throughout
this part of the
school in Dallas in the early eighties what I missed most were the lush trees and mama’s gumbo. After college
I moved back to Louisiana only
find that I missed the big blue sky and warm friendly people in North Texas just as much. In 1990 I moved to Dallas
where I have planted myself and now fondly
call Dallas my home. As they often say here, “I got here as quick as I could”. As
a result of my migration back and forth from Louisiana to Texas it’s easy to say
that my paintings represent a marriage of my past and my present life. A
blend of the big trees of south Louisiana and the big blue-sky and wide-open prairies of north Texas.
My technique is accomplished by taking photo’s
of trees that I find interesting and painting them as realistic as I possibly can with great effort to closely match nature’s
or to greatly exaggerate
it. To create the texture and sparkle sometimes evident in my paintings I take a great deal of time to mix the
oil colors with linseed oil but paint thiner
is never used in my application. Paint brushes with thin long hairs are trimmed to the point where sometimes
only a handful of hairs remain. Once the paint is mixed to a
consistency where the thickness of the paint is a fair bit thicker than motor oil but
not quite as thick as pudding I then accumulate a fair amount of paint on the tip of the brushes
in order to apply it to the canvas and get the pointillist and textured effect.
This technique is very time consuming. An average size paintings such as a 16” x 20” canvas
take as much as 80 hours
to produce. Larger paintings can take up to five or six weeks.
My career as an artist started fifteen years ago. I have since elaborated my style
to incorporate monotone, two-tone, and tritone color combinations in addition to the
more traditional blue-sky paintings. The DeGraphi style, an acronym
I coined from the words “detail” and “graphic” was started about fourteen years ago. I traditionally
only create a couple of
these very time-consuming paintings a year. Since demand has increase I am moving more in this direction which allows
even more creativity with this
If I were to use
all the descriptions to sum up my style it would be “hyper-real neoimpressionist surreal pointillism”. (Haha!)
It’s not important how one describes
my paintings but it is my hope that the viewer feels drawn into my work with a sense of solitude and happiness. It is
my desire that my
paintings bring you
It seems there has been some misconceptions about my health
and I need clear up these misunderstandings. I do not have any serious health problems.
I have been near
sighted most of my life and this handicap has been a benefit in regards to the type of detailed art work that I create.
Around the time I turned fifty I began have problems with my eyesight that became a real obstacle in painting the detailed
art work that I create. It was my optometrist at that time that suggested that I not wear corrective lenses when I paint.
Explaining to me that because I’m near sighted that the canvas would appear magnified by working a bit closer to the
surface of the canvas. This has proven to be a tremendous blessing and I have been painting without corrective lenses
An appointment with my optimologist today, February 18, 2019, has revealed cataracts but it’s
very minor at this point and not anything that I need to be concerned with for a number of years from now.
not work with a projector or any special device to create my paintings. All my work is done freehand. I do not
trace or draw a study prior to applying paint.
Perhaps the most pressing health concern I have is in regards to
my back. I do have back trouble that flairs up from time to time. My back troubles are the major reason I have
for not being able to create paintings large than 24” x 36” in size. It’ primarily the height
that makes it physically difficult to apply such detail that requires hours to create.
If anyone has any questions
or would like to know more about my art and my career please contact me.
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