BIO & ARTIST'S STATEMENT
My attraction to art began on the floor of my father’s studio with colored pencils and huge sheets of white paper when I was small. I decided very young on becoming an artist and that was that… never a doubt in my little mind. Now it is many years later, and my pleasure in painting has grown as my ability increased, and I've come to feel that the most rewarding goals require risk.
I grew up to the west of Philadelphia, and my family had the opportunity to travel regularly in Europe during that time, which included early on a year mostly spent in southern France near Cannes. My interest in the shells I now paint began there in the tidal pools down the hill from the house where we lived. There was a terraced garden where I was also captivated by the butterflies and other insects, the roses that attracted them, and the smell of the lemon yellow acacia trees in bloom. Those things also had a lasting influence. Many of the paintings and antiques that my parents brought home from those trips are now in the house where my wife and I live, and frequently I include them in paintings. Also a professional artist, my father was my most influential and beloved teacher in spite of seven years of studio art courses at two memorable colleges. My first solo exhibit was in 1973 in La Jolla, California at age 19 in the upstairs gallery of Ross Thiele & Son. Although I sold all but one of 24 watercolors in the exhibit, I was aware that the future might not fall so easily into place.
I painted murals for almost two decades, mostly in houses. Some were remarkable places. One that left a lasting impression was the Royal Saudi Embassy Residence along the Potomac River in McLean Virginia, which was in actuality a compound of Georgian style buildings in a beautifully landscaped setting. There was also a unique living room I painted in trompe l'oeil from the floor to the roughly twenty foot ceiling in an extraordinary historic apartment on the upper east side of Manhattan. However, travelling to do murals was difficult in many ways, and over time some jobs became an exhausting race to the finish line. When my wife told me the teachers at our five year old son’s school thought she had become a widow I knew it was time to stay put in San Diego.
Since 2003 I’ve focused on prints and easel size paintings and in April 2004 I opened my first website. These days I’m usually in my studio, and if I’m not painting I'd certainly like to be. Aside from my website, my prints and paintings have sold at businesses across the US that include in particular locations in New York, Palm Beach, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and La Jolla.
CLIENTS HAVE INCLUDED: Ms. Wendy Vanderbilt, New York, Mrs. Pierre S. DuPont, Delaware, Mrs. Roger Firestone, Philadelphia, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Goodyear, Philadelphia, Mrs. John Dorrance, Philadelphia, actress Kirstie Alley, Los Angeles, The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, Caspari, Inc. New York. My work has been featured in Veranda Magazine, Architectural Digest, Town & Country, and Departures Magazine among others. My images have been licensed for a line of decorating fabrics, stationery and paper goods, and lacquered wood serving trays.
Interior Design Firms that have been clients include: McMillen Inc., New York, Dorothy Draper, Inc. New York, Irvine & Fleming, New York, Pamela Banker, former senior partner of Parish-Hadley, New York, Alessandra Branca, Chicago, Katie Ridder, Inc. New York, Ross Thiele & Son, La Jolla.
EDUCATION: 1978-1981 B.S. Industrial Design, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
1973-1976 Fine Art, Boston University College of Fine Art
ARTIST'S STATEMENT: June 22, 2015
My interest in art reaches back as far as I can remember. The paintings I produce reflect my attraction to both fine and decorative art. I find inspiration in the natural world, literature and other writing, a broad range of visual art, the unusual images and antiques in my own possession, and from contact with other people.
Visual aesthetics are always a particular priority for me, and colors, shapes, and patterns hold an endless fascination. While some of my paintings have a tongue in cheek or lightly satirical side, I far prefer themes that reflect the positive aspects of life versus its darker side. From an ethereal Pompeian fresco to the paper cut outs by Matisse, or Henri Rousseau’s naïve canvases, I find the greatest inspiration in art that celebrates life and which is driven heavily by imagination. Fairly often people ask me “where my ideas come from” no doubt because so many of my paintings are largely imagined. The ideas come from many different things including the real world, but wherever the ideas come from the images are intended to provoke other people’s imaginations and to transport them into a world that is uplifting and which they will want to revisit.