I've always had an affinity and love of art. I found that I liked to print and draw - especially with tools - T-squares, compasses, triangles and such. I liked calligraphy. Then I got hold of a book of the art of Salvador Dali and discovered that art was more than representation - you could invent and invent wildly. After various jobs which included the construction trades and house renovation I finally got my degree in Fine Arts at the University of Tennessee in 1988. During that time I was introduced to the art of Frank Stella and Al Held and discovered an outlet for my mechanical drawing aptitude and apply it to a painted surface. Also I apprenticed to the sculptor Joe Falsetti and built stage sets for the Clarence Brown Theatre. This enhanced my ability to see in three dimensions. Then in 1990 I moved to the Santa Fe - Taos area of New Mexico and got involved in the art scene there. Besides my painting I started designing and building furniture and was lucky enough to be represented by numerous galleries there and elsewhere. Then in 2007 I felt a change was needed and I moved to Wyoming and then Wisconsin. In 2012 I moved to Oregon and continued painting, building and started working in pastel. My influences other than the aforementioned are Roger Dean, a rock album artist, Frank Lloyd Wright and the ArtDeco Movement. My philosophy of art is also one of life - Have fun, enjoy yourself. It's hard to take days off.
University of Tennessee
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1988