As a native of New England, I was immersed in the culture of that region. Art in its myriad forms: visual, theatrical, and musical, was an element of the air I breathed. Whether skipping stones across Walden Pond where Thoreau recorded the stirrings of his soul; watching the water flow beneath the old Concord Bridge where the price of our liberty was determined; soaking up the atmosphere of Harvard Square; relishing the spirit residing in the studio and grounds of the sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens or the painter Maxfield Parrish; developing character from association with characters like Norman Rockwell and Eric Sloane; learning to recognize “childlife” in our grownup world while at the dinner table with Maurice Sendak; or roaming endlessly through the halls of our most renowned art museums; I was endowed with an incredible desire for independent learning and a craving to create works of art.
My formative years were spent sharing an art room with Richard Whitney and we were both privileged to learn the fundamentals of our craft from art teachers Raymond Descoteaux and Norma Safford. I was fortunate to gather so much of the spirit of painting from venerable New England artists such as Arthur Herrick and Tom Curtain. The Rockport, Massachusetts watercolorist, John Manship, son of the sculptor Paul Manship, New York artists Flora Giffuni, founder of the Pastel Society of America, and Eve Dawson, mentored me. I learned much of my style and the painting craft while working with Tom Blackwell, one of the original Photo Realists. Much of what I have learned about the art of portrait painting was gleaned at the side of artists Michael Del Priore, Richard Whitney, Frank Tauriello, William F. Draper, Bert Silverman, Everett Raymond Kinstler, and Daniel Greene.
Before and after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and working as a teacher and principal, most of my adult life has been spent teaching drawing and painting publicly and privately. My work has hung in many one-man and juried group shows in New York City, Europe, New England, and the Southern US. These include the American Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of America, and the American Arts Club, all in New York City, the Freie Berliner Kunst Austellung (Free Berlin Art Exhibition) in Berlin, Germany, the Copley Society of Boston, and the Cornish Colony Museum. I have juried many national and regional art shows across the country.
My credits include: a commission by the Thorne Sagendorf Art Museum, Keene State College, for the President’s Bicentennial Collection; a large wall sculpture commissioned by the Keene, NH, YMCA; winner of the United States and Worldwide All-Army Art Contest; and many portrait commissions. I was also an Artist in Residence for a public-school system. I am a member of the New York Society of Portrait Artists, the Portrait Society of America, and a founding member of the new Cornish Colony of Artists. My work is represented in many public and private collections worldwide.