I have always loved to draw or paint directly from life. I discovered long ago that the quality of my art work was more vibrant and alive when I worked from life. Later I learned that the French Impressionists really put 'plein air' painting on the map for some of these same reasons.
I am primarily a plein air painter today doing many small oil paintings on location. Occassionally I use one of these sketches to create a larger painting in my studio. I find the outdoor work keeps my eyes and other senses tuned to the real world in a way photographs don't.
I was born in Schenectady, NY, grew up outside Chicago, then St. Louis where I graduated from High School. My first real art experience was in a drawing class as I discovered that I could create a similar image on paper of a person or object. That experience changed my world. It woke me up to seeing the world around me. I received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona and later migrated to the San Francisco Bay area where I discovered plein air painting while still working my 'day job' in the aerospace industry. In 1990 I made my first trip to Kauai and discovered the island's dramatic beauty. My wife and I moved here in 1998. Since then I have concentrated on transforming myself into a professional artist. I concentrated on my development as a plein air painter. Some of my paintings have been juried into regional and national shows of representational art and I have won some awards. Organizations that I participate with are;
Oil Painters of America
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
Islanders Plein Air Painters; Signature member
Plein Air Painters of Hawaii; Signature member