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This page contains links to some of my art. Like my poetry, my art tends to be short and simple. I thought of it as being primitive or minimalist, or even folk art, but then learned that – in the art world – those terms have specialized meanings that don't really fit my "works"; I also learned that the most accurate descriptor for my art is probably "naïve".

Primitivism at Wikipedia Minimalism at Wikipedia Folk Art at Wikipedia Naïve Art at Wikipedia


Let me introduce this with these two items:

overloaded cart


very simple line drawing representation of a cart


Each of these files is intended to print a U.S. standard letter size page (8.5x11 inches) rather than the more typical (in the art world) sizes of 8x10 or 9x12. My intent was to make art that is easily accessible to nearly anyone with access to an internet-connected computer and printer — in many communities that even includes homeless people using the computers at the public library. Is it real art, and would anyone ever want to actually print it and display it as if it were a painting by a renowned artist? Unlikely, but here is my attempt nevertheless. They were drawn freehand (rather than being snapped to a grid to ensure that horizontal lines are exactly horizontal and verticals are precisely vertical), though I must confess that when I drew the circles I took care to ensure that they were truly round and that their center points were at exactly the same height — my obsessive-compulsive and perfectionist tendencies overcame me.

I know that some web browsers don't display these files properly. I can only suggest using a different browser, or download the SVG file and then use Inkscape or another program that can properly display Scalable Vector Graphics.)

I consider those two works as being finished. The other files in this collection are still being edited, but including them here now still seems appropriate.

simple line drawing representing a shelter

Shelter - originally hand-drawn on a collaborative poster made during a worship meeting at church, when the other members of my ad-hoc small group immediately recognized the two not-quite-connected bent lines as representing a house I began to think that my conception of what constitutes "art" may not be broad enough.

simple line drawing representing a person

Person simple line drawing representing a man, a woman, a boy, and a girl

Persons - with gender and age differentiation.

simple line drawing representing a family

Family - persons with connections.

drawing representing people sleeping


inclusive flag representing the entire earth

Flag - a banner to represent all persons in all geographic locations, a sort of amalgamation of Earth Day and the United Nations. It is currently lacking mountains and desert, and perhaps a river. When finished it should still be simple enough that I could acquire some fabric and stitch together a real flag suitable to fly in front of my home.

Traditional media

A friend at church began teaching an art class for beginners that my wife and I have enjoyed for the past few months. One of the first projects we attempted was a simple beach scene. Our instructor provided paper, brushes, acrylic paints, paper plates for palettes, and lots of patient instruction. Here is a snapshot of what I painted:

photo of a painting of a beach

Beach Painting

While I was painting I used our instructor's example as a reference, but also referred to the following photo:

photo of a beach

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo from Pexels <https://www.pexels.com/photo/ocean-view-during-daylight-127673/>

When we got home from that session I used Inkscape to attempt to create a similar image, here is the result:

simple drawing of a beach

Beach Drawing

So, as you can readily see, my "art" is simple, minimalist, primitive, and naïve.


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