I come from a long line of painters; it is in my blood. My great-grandfather made stained glass windows. My grandfather painted with oils during retirement. My parents are artists.
I’m basically a self-taught painter. I never wanted to be one. As a kid my parents dragged me around to art museums…I hated it. I would have rather been playing baseball. In school I studied economics. My career as a painter started after I had a serious skiing accident and broke my neck. While convalescing at my father’s home, I started watching him paint outdoors. In order to alleviate boredom, I tried it and my life was never the same. That year, my father and I painted the Vermont landscape together.
Since I began my painting career, I have studied with George Hanson and Carmel Yeager at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and with Marjorie Portnow at The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. I have pursued “plein aire” painting in Vermont, Boston, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and in Southern California becoming part of the Portuguese Bend art colony. After California, I studied at the Art Students’ League in New York City for two years under world renowned teachers like Daniel Dickerson where my work transformed from virgin beaches and warm light to cool city scapes and urban living
I paint anything that catches my eye or imagination, but prefer painting outside. It’s the challenge of painting the ever-changing landscape that holds my attention. I believe a painting should suggest and not overstate a subject and leave more for the viewer to complete in his own mind’s eye. The idea that “as simple as possible” is how I approach my canvases. A well-crafted painting is like a window for the soul to escape. It provokes a person to consider other ideas, thoughts/possibilities while returning refreshed. For me, painting nature is life affirming.
I now live in East Aurora, NY with my wife, 4 daughters and son while continuing to develop my style and vision while painting the uniqueness and four seasons of the Western New York country side.