Portraying reality in artwork is tricky business. Like any “realist”, I am moved by reality and it is moved by me in turn, as I paint. I have an eye for detail and my artwork is inspired by the nuances of what I see. But the creative process, from vision and initial planning to final product, involves ongoing and deeply engaging problem-solving and endless decision-making that has complexity far beyond copying. It feels like magic to coax color, light and form into an image that conveys a sense of space, dimension and texture. Inescapably, that image always contains me too.
Painting traditional subject matter, I find that people, places and things each present me with challenges that are both different and similar. In all cases, I try to communicate some of the subject's inherent energy. My approach is academic and intellectual, but my involvement is emotional. I want my paintings to be accessible, cohesive and harmonious, with a cooperative relationship among the various elements. And I love the feel of oil paints. My connection with the materials themselves is visceral.
I paint because I love to do it. I see the world as full of beautiful things, and I love the process of expressing my visual enjoyment of life. I want to distill and share what surprises and delights me about what I see.
I received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, in 1967, and a Certificate in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1968. Additional art training has included academic painting instruction in New York from Angelo John Grado, student of Frank Reilly, and further instruction in the tradition of Frank Reilly from Neilson Carlin in Chester County, PA. Also in Chester County, I have received academic drawing instruction from Adrian Bernard Martinez. In addition, I have taken several painting classes at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Chester County Art Association.
In the early 1970’s, I was the Assistant Production Manager for Seventeen Magazine in New York. From 1973-2003, I was the art director of my own graphic design studios in both New York and in West Chester, PA. In that capacity, I served as Art Director for Commodore Magazine in West Chester from 1987-1989. I was also commissioned to paint a number of oil portraits during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. In 2003, I was elected Magisterial District Judge in West Chester, and I served in that capacity from 2004 until I retired at the end of 2015. Currently, I am on the Board of the Chester County Art Association, a member of the West Chester Public Arts Commission, and a volunteer guide trainee for the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA.
In addition to being held in private collections, my artwork has been shown at Sunset Hill Gallery, the Chester County Art Association, on the 2018 Chester County Studio Tour, and it is on display at Strode’s Mill Gallery, all in West Chester, PA.