I attended The Ohio State University as a history major before attending the Viet Nam War with the US Navy. After that, art school was at the Central Academy of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, studying under the distinguished painter of Western Art, Jackson Grey Story. I worked many years as a commercial artist, art director, graphic designer and illustrator before entering the world of fine art.
As an artist, what I’m most interested in is relationships. It’s the intimacies between people and people, people and animals, and animals and animals that fascinate me. The relationships we have with others, with our pets, with the natural environment.
My scenes are mostly very specific. It’s not that I want to paint a portrait of Bud and Betty or Rex and Fluffy as much as I want to portray the essence of that moment whether they are flirting with each other on the dance floor or having a quiet romp in a field of wildflowers. I’m looking at a deeper level of communication that comes from the body, the atmosphere. That’s why I don’t paint faces on most of my human images. It’s an invitation for the viewer to fill in the details of themselves or their loved ones.