I was born in Amsterdam, New York. Drawing became an intuitive comfort at an early age as I struggled with being educated as a "southpaw" in a right-handed world. The description of "compulsive potential artist" used by my teachers during that time has been with me for my lifetime. Hopefully, "potential" will be dropped when my body of work is reviewed and my journey is completed.
My academic background is in natural science from Cornell University and the State University of New York with graduate work in environmental design and landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota. I was introduced to the Beaux-Arts approach to architectural drawing that combined precision drawing with watercolor washes. At that time, I became fascinated with the work of the 19th century British watercolorists and they have had a lasting influence in my work. Over the years my preparation and experience evolved into a career as an environmental designer and a freelance architectural illustrator.
The transition to a career in fine art began in 1990. As illustration raced forward into a new digital era, my interests went back in time to the egg tempera painters of the early Renaissance. I came to love the traditional approach a very detailed drawings combined with precisely developed layers of color. At the same time, a window of opportunity opened for me to pursue another obsession; sailing, and my love for the sea. My home and studio were reduced to fit aboard a 34 foot sloop and I sailed out of the Great Lakes to explore new horizons.
I lived and worked aboard "Murmur" in various harbors along the East Coast aand the Bahamas. That experience has now been combined with a "home base" in a small coastal village in Accomac, Virginia. My work remains focused on fine art with an emphasis on contemporary realism that is created in the spirit of Old World craftsmanship. The inspiration comes from the maritime environment that I live in and the technique is traditional egg tempera.
My work has been shown in both one-man shows and group exhibitions including the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD; Noyes Museum of Art in Atlantic City, NJ; Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg. SC and the New Bedford Art Museum in New Bedford, MA. I was included in an international exhibit at the Maritime Museum in Mystic, CT and I was a participant in a major national exhibit with the American Society of Marine Artists. I have been fortunate to have my illustration and fine art placed in private, institutional and corporate collections including the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. My work is included in the book "Contemporary American Marine Art" and was featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. I am proud to have won recognition from the American Institute of Architects for excellence in drawing along with numerous awards from other national juried art festivals.
As the obsession continues, I am hopeful that the future will hold still more interesting opportunities and adventures. Please check my website for new work, existing limited edition prints and a current exhibition schedule.