Representational Fine Art
I have been blessed with artistic genes and have a photographic recall for everything that interests me…so…with an artist for a mother and an engineer for a father, I guess I was destined to be an artist. Unlike most other kids, when I drew something, I drew it correctly and so I was encouraged at a young age to pursue an art career.
I was born a city kid, but my parents decided to move to the country when I was around five years old. I was raised on 92 acres of Pennsylvania woodlands, surrounded by endless fields, farmland and gravel roads.
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My friends and I were driving tractors, pickups and “vintage vehicles” by the time we were 10 years old. Dad and I spent countless hours climbing over and under every make and model of car, truck and tractor you could name. By the time I was 14, he gave me my first real car (a 1949 Plymouth which my sister had “parked” on its roof on prom night) and of course I got my driver’s license the day after my 16th birthday.
...where talent, memories and imagination merge...
"Art is magic...for me it all starts with a blank canvas and a glass of Chardonnay."
My early career took me to GRS&W where I designed trade shows, interiors and museum exhibits. My clients included numerous corporations like Kodak, Xerox, and IBM along with several prestigious venues, including the original National Aeronautic and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institute.
Donna is a business consultant, artist, professional writer, gourmet cook, volunteer-extraordinaire and manages all business aspects of my artistic career. Actually, in addition to trying to keep me under control, she has one of the best jobs in the universe. She's the Villa Agent for SunVillas. SunVillas represents 160 of the finest luxury, fully staffed villas in Jamaica.
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Although my career path steered me away from the drawing board, I never lost my love of art and nature, and in 1996 I left the corporate world for good and painted my very first oil…a country scene inspired by my early childhood memories.
My art is published in limited editions, displayed in art exhibitions and seen in publications as diverse as “Décor Magazine” and “The Midwest Farm and Livestock Directory”. Through my publisher and licensing agents, my images are available as high quality collectibles, jigsaw puzzles, calendars, greeting cards and more. My work is sold nationally and internationally and my collectors hail from such wide-spread locations as Boston, Los Angeles, New Zealand, Scotland, England and Finland.
I have been the celebrity spokesperson for Xalatan, a prescription medication for controlling glaucoma. I love being on stage and enjoy entertaining audiences at corporate events where my art is presented to employees and valued customers as a token of appreciation.
I am currently a faculty member of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, FL and am blessed to have some of the best artists in Southwest Florida in my studio.
I am proud to say that my work has received top awards in juried shows from California to Florida. But by far, the most meaningful rewards are those I receive for giving back to others. Together, Donna and I work on “giving something back” by using my artwork to help support charities engaged in Cancer Research and those who assist our US Military Veterans.
Thanks to business, a sense of adventure and "gypsy feet", we have lived all over this great country gathering experiences and making friends from Pittsburgh to Rochester, Dallas, Denver and Los Angeles. We now love living full time on the beautiful Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Florida.
So now, I invite you to take a look around the website and enjoy my art as much as I enjoyed creating it.
I fell in love with my wife, Donna, when we were both art students at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I continued my formal art education at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Ivy School of Professional Art.