I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and have been surrounded by art and artists my entire life. As a young boy growing up in Indiana, I would sit with my father at his drawing board and try to emulate his work. He was a technical artist and illustrator and spent a lot of time with me, helping and encouraging me to pursue my drawing. I also had a couple of art teachers along the way who took an interest in my pursuit.
Just out of high school, I worked as a commercial artist for a small art studio. A year later I entered the military and spent the next four years working as an illustrator in the US Air Force.
Upon discharge from the military I worked as a technical illustrator in Dayton, Ohio and soon moved to rural Ohio where I opened my own studio, pursuing full time painting, drawing, illustrating, painting signs, and framing pictures... anything to remain independent. It was there I began working in egg tempera, as it represented a way to extend my passion for drawing into a paint medium. I studied the works of Robert Vickery, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell, and Andrew Wyeth, as well as many of the masters who captured their subjects with uncanny realism.
In the late 70's I settled on egg tempera as a focus and am still learning with each new painting I create. I also work in oil for certain subjects (and depending upon my mood).
My work is included in numerous private collections across the United States, and has also been shown in galleries in Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, and Michigan as well as prestigious juried shows in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan. My work has been accepted into the Annual Midyear Painting Show at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, as well as the Springfield (Ohio) Art Association (purchase award) and the Dayton (Ohio) Society of Painters and Sculptors. I have also been invited to submit an article and painting demonstration for American Artist Magazine.
I make my home in southeast Michigan. My hobbies include songwriting and performing with the acoustic guitar and fly fishing in some of Michigan's great trout streams.