After a long career in advertising and sales promotion art , I now paint watercolors full time. A graduate of the University of Toledo and the Toledo Museum of Art School of Design, I have a BA in Fine Art, graduating with honors in history, social sciences and journalism. At age 17, I started working summers during college as a staff artist at the Toledo Blade daily newspaper. There I worked under Ray Bloch, one of the least acclaimed and most talented artists I've ever met. After college I worked as a designer and assistant art director for an advertising agency and later started an art studio producing advertising design and illustration. The studio did work for a number of Fortune 500 companies, Owens Corning Fiberglas, LOF Glass and Cooper Tire to name a few. For the last 20 years of my commercial career, I worked as a designer, illustrator and eventually as an art director for Motorola Visual Media Communications in Arizona.
Since December of 2000, I have been painting and drawing for the fun of it. I am a Coatimundi Member of the Arizona Watercolor Association, and a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of Alabama. My work has appeared in numerous national exhibitions. One of my paintings was a First Place winner in American Artist magazine's 70th Anniversary Competition. Another painting received one the two top awards at the 2010 National Watercolor Society, All Members Exhibition. Several paintings have been featured in editions of Splash, the hardcover review of American watercolor published every other year. Also one of my watercolors appeared in a book on figure painting, How Did You Paint That?, published by International Artist magazine.
One of the true loves of my life is drawing and painting people. Most of my pictures involve people in an urban environment doing the simple sort of activities that we all do every day. I spend a lot of time trying to make the action look as natural as possible, particularly that of people walking. One of my favorite subjects to paint is people reading. With each day I find more to learn about painting. It is a wonderful, never-ending learning process.