Since elementary school, I knew I would be either an artist or an author. After graduation from college, I moved to Italy. There I worked an eclectic assortment of jobs to earn a living, but painted and exhibited whenever I had the chance. Galleria 14, located in the historic center of Florence, represented my paintings. I exhibited in numerous shows in Italy, including: "Il Premio Brunelleschi" in Florence; and "Il Premio Leonardo in Vinci," where I was awarded Honorable Mention for painting.
After fourteen years, I returned to Virginia. I paint at every opportunity and exhibit locally. My paintings are in private collections in Italy and England as well as in the USA. My medium is acrylic on canvas. My style has changed from abstract impressionism to a more realistic interpretation of nature, yet I don't attempt to reproduce nature. Rather, I try to interpret nature’s underlying rhythms--which many don’t have time to perceive or appreciate.
A disconnect is inevitable when we become caught up in work and family. I hope to produce paintings in which the viewer can experience in an instant the life force of the natural world. I plan to focus on the pervading mood of a scene, whether expressed in movement or profound stillness, by emphasizing not overt images, but patterns and subtle colors hidden to the casual observer.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Bachelor of Arts, 1966