About me

     I am an American artist borne in Monterey, California and I grew up in a military family. I also had my own 21 year career serving the nation in the US Army.  I have lived and traveled all over the United States and the world and the experience with other peoples and cultures has given me a  rich and positive  perspective as an artist. I'm primarily a self taught artist with some formal advanced art training.  I have a BS degree from Excelsior College, Albany NY and I have studied under some of the world's finest artists.  I specialize in watercolor, pastel and colored pencil art pieces.

 

      I am a signature member of the "Colored Pencil Society of America", a juried member of the "Association Embracing Realist Art",  a member of the "Baltimore Watercolor Society" and the  "Virginia Watercolor Society".  I have had art pieces juried into prestigious national and  international exhibitions every year and have been published regularly in Ann Kullberg's "Color" Magazine and her popular annual "CP Treasures Vol. III, IV and VII", as well as "Colored Pencil Magazine". I've also been published in the "2018 Richeson 75  Still Life and Floral International Exhibition" as a finalist.  I live a quiet life in Prince George, Virginia as a Magistrate for the Commonwealth with my wife Lorie, my son Chris, my granddaughter Josie and our three little fury companions Raylan, Jackson and Chase. 

    My primary subjects are still life and some human and animal portraiture. I have a great interest in realism and creating my pieces with great contrasts between light and dark color and tones. I enjoy conveying its balance and how these visionary qualities complement each other...like the "Yin and Yang".  I draw and paint with a heavy hand but with  rich, deep color pallets.  My subjects are balanced and precise and I tend to favor reflection, fire and objects that are simple but interesting. Its important for me to create pieces from the world around us that the observer can draw dramatic perspective, and positive emotion from and be inspired by the experience.