My passion for painting started as a young child, and was enhanced when I began studying portraits, figures and still life with Arthur Maynard at the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey. Although not well known he is considered a master being a protégée of Frank Vincent DuMonde, in turn a protégée and contemporary of Winslow Homer.
Some of the notable artists with whom I have studied are: Everett Raymond Kinstler, official White House and The Smithsonian portraitist; David Leffel of Taos, New Mexico; sculptor Stephen DeStaebler of the San Francisco Art Institute; Maurice Lapp, of Chicago and Santa Rosa; Harvey Dinnerstein, Art Students League, New York City; William Scott Jennings of Sedona, AZ, Ken Auster of Laguna Beach, CA, and Mary Beth McKenzie and Wolf Kahn of New York City.
My greatest enthusiasm is working with figures, and I have had the opportunity to do so worldwide. I have developed art featuring the people who work in market places in Italy, Mexico, Kenya and Columbia – including the famed coffee man of Columbia. Native Americans are proud and fascinating people and my art features the Navajo, Apache and Plains nations. Homeless people also exhibit pride in spite of their circumstances and I have presented their character in my series about the homeless. Pride is international, and in Kenya I was thrilled to artistically capture the people, particularly the Maasai. You can see these and more on the gallery pages of this website.