I am an American artist born in Monterey, California and I grew up in a military family. I've also served the country during my own 21 year career in the US Army. I have lived and traveled all over the United States and the world. 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.
My artwork is done primarily with watercolor and soft pastel in the study of traditional realism. The subjects I study are done using a combination of traditional and contemporary tenebrism and chiaroscuro artistic styles in still life and sometimes in human portraiture. I paint strong contrasts between light and dark values, and my subjects are balanced and precise. It’s important for me to create pieces from the world around us that the observer can draw dramatic perspective, and positive emotion from and draw positive inspiration by the experience.
I am a signature member of the "Colored Pencil Society of America", the "Baltimore Watercolor Society", the “Southern 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, and my "day job" is preforming duties as Magistrate for the Commonwealth. I live with my wife Lorie, my son Chris, my granddaughter Josie and our five [yes 5!] little fury companion dogs Beau, Raylan, Jackson, Precious and Chase. Who are all well-loved and taken care of...but spoiled rotten!