I was born and raised in Chicago, Il, the only son of 6 children. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and then proudly served in the United States Army. Following my military career, I worked with General Electric until 2005 when I decided to devote 100% of my time to a career in Art.
My art is an impressionist to realist style in oils. I was privileged to work with Dick Ensing, the well known Impressionist Painter of the Great Smoky Mountains, producing many plein air landscapes of the Great Smoky Mountains. In 2011 when we moved to Florida, my focus turned to the stunning beauty of the Gulf Coast.
My work has shown in numerous galleries throughout the United States and Europe, with many Best of Show honors.
MY ENCOUNTER WITH ERNIE
THE LOWLAND "SILVERBACK GORILLA"
autumn of 2006, I had the opportunity to join "Art at the Zoo",
a fund raising event at the Knoxville Zoo.
to paint Ernie, the resident silverback gorilla. His enclosure was large
with a clear window separating us, and I was able to set up my painting gear
right next to the window.
me set up and start to paint. He came right up to me, obviously
curious. When I turned the painting around for him to see, he recognized
it was him. He pointed to his chest and sat
down right in front of me and posed for over an hour. Ernie was so intelligent
and completely aware of everything happening around him. We developed a real
connection over the course of a day. Upon return visits to the zoo, it was
clear he remembered me and viewed me as a friend. Ernie taught me a connection to whatever I'm painting is the key to great art. Thanks, Ernie!
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