I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. Drawing was a constant source of delight for me as a child, and subject for exploration in my teens. In my early twenties, I worked in the financial sector in New York, devoting myself completely to pursuits in the business world. When in my late twenties, a dear friend challenged me to reconnect with my artistic side. The experience was exhilarating. I began to sneak away from the office early, just to go to a local life drawing studio. I spent evenings and weekends drawing and studying the human form.
My appreciation of art was also greatly enhanced by the world class art collections in New York. From New York, I moved to London, taking advantage of the rich culture there to continue my study of art. I studied with Michael Chaitow over a period of years concentrating on objective drawing skills and at the same time I began to work in a more intuitive way. I was able to travel extensively throughout Europe and to benefit from exposure to the work of the masters. I was fortunate to be able to study landscape painting in France and to study portraiture while living in London.
I began painting portraits by commission in 2002, while still residing in London. I am currently residing in Vancouver Washington where I work from my home studio.
1973 Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Wisconsin
1975-76 Graduate study in Exceptional Education, University of Wisconsin
1983-6 Weekend Life Drawing classes at Art Students League of New York
1989 to 95 Studied art in London with Michael Chaitow, student of Cecil Collins
1992 Conducted life drawing sessions in Hampstead
1993 Drawing course from Frederick Franck, author of Zen and the Art of Seeing
Portrait of a Girl
Man in a Hat