I am a dreamer, artist, speaker, author and mentor. I’m often described by my friends as a Renaissance man.
This is my personal blog. It is focused on “creativity and influence.” My philosophy is that we all should be creating culture and influencing influencers.
I write about creativity, watercolors, culture, influence, artistry, religion, my own struggles and social media. I also occasionally write about the gray layers of life that don’t quite fit into a nice little system.
My goal is to create honest, candid content that will give you hope for a more creative and influential life. If you consider yourself creative—or aspire to be—then this blog is for you.
My Top Posts
If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my most popular posts. Here are my top posts in several categories:
Artistry: Letters From A Devastated Artist (4)
You can also check my blog’s archive for a list of every post I have written or use the search function in the sidebar to find other subjects that might be of interest.
I read voraciously and favorite authors include Ayn Rand, Frederick Buechner, Montaigne, Madeline L’Engle and David McCullough.
I have also written four books, one of which landed on the Amazon.com bestseller list. You can find out more about them at my official author page at Amazon.com. My latest A Renaissance Redneck In A Mega-Church Pulpit — A Memoir releases Feburary 2014. You can buy a preview with the first seven chapters for only $2.99 HERE.
I revel in the sensory overload of climbing America’s highest mountains and I once navigated the Uganik River with only a tent and raft in grizzly country for a week in the wilderness of Kodiak Island, Alaska. I’ve completed twenty full marathons (yes, 26.2 miles each).
A self-taught artist, I began painting with watercolors in the winter of 2002 at the age of forty-two. A lifelong love affair with graphite sketching provides the foundation for the watercolors and anchors my distinctive layered style. I particularly enjoy painting the female figure (God’s quintessential creation.) Originals, commissions and limited edition prints can be purchased at my online art gallery, elrodart.com I recently served as artist-in-residence at the prestigious O’More School of Design.
All profits from my paintings benefit our 501(c)3 non-profit charity, Creative Community, Inc., which provides mentorship, refreshment, encouragement and diffusion of ideas for creatives.
I do a limited number of one-on-one mentoring days on various topics.
My Contact Information
A few other random text elements and photos are my own creation—including the blog banner font. I get most of the photos for my individual blog posts from iStockPhoto.