Active in the regional art scene since the 1960s, McCuddin began his artistic journey by dabbling with extra house paint gifted to him by a friend. Working as a deliveryman for Early Dawn Dairy to support his family, the artist would retreat to his studio each night after dinner to perfect his craft. Initially, his early paintings were abstract expressionist, following the lead of Willem de Kooning and other artists at the time. Over time he has developed a unique uninhibited style, combining elements from multiple influences ? unusual color combinations from James Brooks, texture from Tapies, and old masters? figurative forms from Odd Nerdrum.