I grew up in Washington D.C., home of the National Art Gallery,
the Phillips Collection, and The Corcoran Gallery of Art. These three
museums introduced me to Fine Art: the classical works were at the
National, the Impressionists were housed at the Phillips and my own
first efforts were made in occasional classes in ceramics, drawing or
painting at The Corcoran. I left Washington, D.C., however, and
went to Vermont for college, hence to the Peace Corps in West Africa.
The two years in the Peace Corps were good preparation for my art-
making life because I learned to live very frugally. I also picked up a
camera there and even painted a little. Photography was my focus
for the next ten years. Eventually, I became frustrated with the
limitations of the camera and black and white images. I longed for
color and found I had a talent drawing.
Through all this, there was, of course, the issue of making a living,
which I answered with factory, service, or landscaping work. In
1976, I got a teaching credential and took a job as an Art teacher in
Hailey, Idaho. I worked for two schools, a junior high and a high
school. I was fired from the junior high part of the job, which meant I lost the whole job. My frugal habits, however, meant I had a savings account to help me honor my dawning commitment to fine art as a life-long pursuit. That was about 35 years ago.
Since then, through thick and through thin, my main activity in life has been to make paintings, drawings, and handmade prints. In 1989 I earned my Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder. For 25 of the past 35 years, I have supported myself selling my work. Occasionally, I have also taught, both as adjunct to a university and in my studio.
My interests in fine art have gradually centered on the garden, jazz music, and people, whether for nudes, portraits or narrative treatments. I love to paint and continually explore the medium of oil paint in particular because I like its handling, its durability and
its rich color. My handmade prints, drawings, and water media paintings are ways to generate images, which stand on their own
and are sometimes the roots of ideas I will later explore in oil paint. The Art Papers are a relatively new invention of mine and are proving very flexible as a new medium both for fine art making and for more decorative and utilitarian objects.
This website is my latest development. It will show you where I have been, am now, and even where I might be in the future. There are all kinds of images here. They represent a life's work, not a small thing by any measure.
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