"Since I was young, I have always been attracted to the beauty of flowers, whether landscaping in the home garden or hiking in the Midwestern woods. Viewing works by Georgia O’Keefe and being employed in the horticulture industry greatly inspired me to capture with oil paints the beauty of nature on canvas."
I was born in New Jersey and moved to the Midwest growing up in Southwestern Ohio. While I completed my degree in Urban Planning at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture and Art, I chose drawing and painting classes for my electives. After graduation I married Pam who is my soul mate of nearly 51 years. We moved to Central Indiana where I worked nineteen years as an urban planner.
My creative spirit was stifled so I sought employment in more artistic fields: as a landscape designer in my own business and a horticulturalist at Indiana’s largest nursery. The latter gave me the freedom to use my evening hours to paint in oils the flowers I photographed when “off the clock” at the nursery.
I’m now retired so I paint in my studio on a daily basis. The hours fly by because I’m having so much fun. I continue to paint botanicals or other images that peak my interest or that of a client for a commission. I paint with much realism and detail using photographs taken by Pam or me on our travels to gardens in North America and Europe.
I have won numerous awards for paintings selected for various juried exhibitions, including The Indiana Artists’ Club exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Newfields; The Hoosier Art Salon at the Indiana State Museum; The Brown County Art Guild and the Richmond, Indiana Art Museum.
My paintings are displayed across the USA in corporate and private collections.