A bit about myself . . .
I grew up in the small industrial Illinois river town of Pekin, some ten miles south of Peoria. A high school newspaper writer/editor, debater and thespian, I was always interested in the arts and went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois. I then spent 28 challenging years in public relations and retired young in order to pursue a long-delayed interest in writing fiction.
A novel, several plays and untold short stories later – all unpublished, unfortunately – I bought some canvasses and dug out an old and unused box of oil paints and brushes at my summer home on Cape Cod. There one summer day on the rear deck of my house, I painted my first picture from a sketch I’d made the previous afternoon at Wellfleet’s Bound Brook Beach. Although I really did it just for something different to do – and although I’d subsequently paint only three or four pictures a year over the next three years – I was hooked nonetheless. My problem was not having any really good space for painting. Not until I moved to Sanibel, a beautiful sanctuary island on the southwest coast of Florida, was I able to dedicate studio space in my home and to begin pursuing my painting in earnest. Since then, I’ve produced more than 200 works while still enjoying a busy life of community involvement and recreation.
All my paintings are oil on canvas, and most are painted from photographs that I have personally taken. I wouldn’t have it any other way since I believe that composition is such a critical part of each painting. The exception: an occasional plein air work completed on site. It’s a rare exception, however, because I find working in my studio much more satisfying. The light doesn’t change, the wind doesn’t blow the easel over, bugs don’t get stuck in the paint, and people aren’t constantly stopping to look and kibbutz.
As a painter, I am totally self-taught, though inspired by the work of a number of impressionist and realist Cape Cod painters. While living on the west coast of Florida, my work was featured in numerous juried and unjuried shows at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, the Sanibel-Captiva Art League, the Barrier Island Group for the Arts on Sanibel, the Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Bradenton, and St. Isabel’s Catholic Church on Sanibel – my most memorable show because that’s where I made my first sale.
Now a resident of Fort Lauderdale on Florida’s east coast, I have had paintings featured at the Bock Gallery in Plantation and the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Gift Shop and Welcome Center. I have had work accepted into a number of juried exhibitions of the Broward Art Guild, the Cornell Museum at Old School Square in Delray Beach, the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, and other organizations. For some ten years, my work was also accepted into the annual juried Impressions exhibition at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, and for several years I also had a professional exhibiting membership in the Artists Guild of the Boca Raton Museum, and I exhibited frequently at their Gallery at Mizner Park. I have participated with 20 paintings in a small, juried group show at the Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts in Plantation, and at other small group shows at the North Palm Beach Village Hall, various Bank United locations in the Fort Lauderdale, the St. Lawrence Gallery, also in Fort Lauderdale, the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Books and Books in Coral Gables, and Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse. I have also had my own one-person shows at the Tamarac Community Center in Tamarac, Florida, the Fort Lauderdale City Hall, and the Uncommon Gallery in Pompano Beach. For several years, my work was featured at the former Sandpiper Gallery in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, and my work is currently featured at Wellfleet’s Burdick Art Gallery (www.BurdickArtGallery.com).
I continue to paint what I like most: bright semi-realistic impressions of landscapes and buildings that have touched a nerve and produced a spark of pleasure or comfort. The selection I offer here represents some of my favorite moments since taking up the brush: summers on Cape Cod, autumn days in the perhaps surprisingly picturesque New Jersey countryside, life in tropical "paradise" on Sanibel Island and in Fort Lauderdale, travels across the United States, and sojourns in such European locales as England, Ireland, Italy and Greece. For each painting exhibited here, I try to share a bit of background about why I was moved to paint it. I hope you enjoy my work.