My art interest extended through high school, my tour of duty in the Navy, and into college where I began majoring in commercial art. My artistic passion then turned to sculpture, painting, and photography so I switched majors to fine art. During this time in college I got a chance to travel to Europe to study art history.
After college I worked as a paste-up artist for a weekly newspaper, a guitar player, a glass engraver, and finally McDonnell Aircraft Co. (now Boeing). During my employment, I returned to college – this time majoring in Computer Science which makes sense as I always have said that “programming is like art – it’s all conceptual”.
It would be over 20 years before I would continue with my artwork. It was when my wife Lynne noticed a brochure for the Augusta Plein Air event in 2010 and said: “why don’t you go for it”. Since then I have been painting almost everyday and have won or placed in several competitions here in St. Charles county. My passion for painting is greater than or as great as when I was in my 20’s. I am enjoying painting the countryside of the beautiful state I grew up in and wandered as a youth.
I enjoy painting as life happens. The solitude of Plein air painting is very soothing and rewarding and I become lost in the world before me.
Art, like life, is about practice, patience, and surprises.