Artist Background

While growing up in St. Louis, I began drawing after a second grade class assignment awakened my innate artistic abilities. My new interest in art was soon reinforced with a Jon Gnagy drawing set for Christmas. (Jon Gnagy was one of the first TV artists in the '50s) I have since had many influential experiences, but very little formal training. I have primarily taught myself to draw and paint by observing the world around me, along with the work of more accomplished artists. I do credit several of my high school and college teachers for providing direction in those early years, along with a neighbor, who gave me her American Artist magazines.

During high school I won first place each year at the annual shows, and I was awarded the Senior Art Award at graduation. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Art Educationat Southeast Missouri State University. After college, I held several commercial art positions and worked my way up to Art Director. At the same time, I pursued freelance work with Hallmark, and many publishing companies.

At an early age I was promoted Vice President for a small publishing company in St. Louis. During the next thirty plus years, I held a series of senior management positions in the publishing industry, which resulted in relocating to Kansas City, Toronto and Chicago. Although, my work career was far afield from the art world, I continued to paint at every opportunity and would occasionally show my work at art shows and galleries.

In 2005, I began taking portrait classes taught by Richard Halstead, a renowned portrait artist. Richard provided me with many insights that helped elevate my skills.

I became involved in plein air painting with the Chicago Plein Air Painters. In 2009, I took a plein air workshop with Scott Tallman Powers, who is one of the best plein air painters I have seen. I recommend that you take a look at Scott's work: I currently belong to New Mexico Plein Air Painters and part of a local group that paints weekly around the area.

In 2010, my wife Beth, and I moved from Chicago to New Mexico where we purchased a small publishing business. This new venture has provided me more time to paint along with a wealth of inspiring subjects.


Interesting faces and the human form have always inspired my work, however, in recent years I have also focused more on landscape subjects. Painting on location is energizing and challenging. The results are typically finished in my studio. I have also spent more time with oils recently, but still like to return to watercolor. Although each requires a different approach and skill set, I find one helps me with the other.

I love to paint the human face and form. I am especially drawn to the rugged, lined faces that offer a glimpse into an interesting life. I also enjoy depicting the beauty and grace of a young woman. I try to find subjects that have a lot of character; someone you would be compelled to observe if they walked by. Perhaps their face tells a story in itself.

I painted fantasy subjects in the 70's & 80's. I still have ideas that could turn into new fantasy works at some point.


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