Born: Kittery Maine
Have lived in and around Philadelphia all my life.
University of the Arts 1976 - 1980.
Art Director, Illustrator and Graphic Designer since 1976.
Transition to Fine Art began in 2008.
An outdoor walk in nature, down a street in an unfamiliar place or internet surfing on Flickr, Tumblr and Instagram: this is what inspires me. Snapping a photo or taking screen shots with my smartphone. I create an electronic sketchbook of images, which leads to a wealth of stored ideas that soon become my art. My paintings are the merger of many pictures and ideas, composed and simplified as a trained designer, painted onto board or canvas to form my final painting.
Working from my collected images, I use an iPad as a visual reference to plot out my painting with my brush and acrylic paint. Trained in the techniques of the old masters, the painting starts with an underpainting, which is a middle ground color. An outline is created with my paint brush that looks like a cartoon. This is the foundation. I then work my way to the lighter sections until completion. This is a culmination of old techniques of painting and the new technology of electronic media as reference. This juxtaposition of old and new is the essence of the images I create.