I have always had a love for the arts. Having had a mother who was a very talented pianist, and artist, as well as a sister who had a masters of art degree, art has always influenced my life. At most of our family get-togethers someone or all of us were either doing some craft, sitting at the piano, singing, or painting a picture. I feel fortunate to have grown up in such a home. Although I went on to college, I did not study any of the arts through formal education except for private music lessons that my mother had insisted upon at an early age, and some private art classes I have taken over the years. For the most part, I am self-taught artist and enjoy reading and getting my hands on some new art publication whenever I can.
Professionally, my work world has been in architectural design, drafting, cabinet and furniture building, and the general construction. I have built many custom furniture pieces and even some musical instruments over the years. However, it is architecture that has influenced me the most. It has also taught me good design principles that I try to carry over into my art work. Architecture also makes me aware of the importance of light and context in good design. Much of my art work has included buildings and architectural elements. I also enjoy doing human figures, portraits, and animals. My goal with art is to draw you into the picture emotionally and communicate with all your senses through the visual medium. I like a since of abstract realism in my work and am always trying to find and capture the light.
I grew up in rural Missouri. Later, the Coast Guard and other jobs took me to many states through the years. Currently, I am fortunate to be living in this beautiful Cumberland area because of my wife Carol who had grown up here. We had meet will living in Florida and have lived here since 2007.