Artist StatementAs a painter I consider myself a colorist & a contemporary realist. In the past 25 years I have omitted black from my color palette when painting landscapes as many of the Impressionist painters had done. The majority of my paintings are landscapes because of my love of the hypnotic tranquil effect that a beautiful outdoor scene has upon me. My paintings are meant to entice the viewer to gaze, meditate and escape their everyday concerns. For the most part, my goal when painting a landscape is to produce a world where “the sun is always out”. Being an impatient individual, I prefer acrylics to other painting mediums because of its quick drying time. When I start a painting I excitedly brush onto the canvas a rough idea of the composition by drawing it first in contour with a brush in a neutral color mixture. Then I fill in all the dark values with the same neutral color mixture to achieve a 3-D effect. Next, I apply the fundamental colors to the basic parts of the painting to get some degree of paint onto the canvas. Naturally, at this point there are plenty of areas in the painting that are working to my satisfaction as well as an abundance of areas that need major adjustments. When I adjust every area that needs attention then I know I'm finished. The quick drying time of acrylics permits me to make a mistake, recognize it and paint over the mistake. Finally, my approach to painting with acrylics is the same as if I were using oils.
I was born on in 1953 and lived the first 25 years of my life in Jeannette, PA, a small industrial town no more than 28 miles from Pittsburgh. In high school I aced all of my art classes my final three years and decided to major in art where I received a B.S. degree in Art Education from Edinboro State College, Edinboro, PA in 1975.
In 1977 I was hired as the sole art teacher at my Alma Mater, Jeannette Sr. High School. However, because of the economic uncertainty in the Pittsburgh area at the time I pursued and landed another teaching job in Charles Co., Maryland at Maurice J. McDonough High School where I taught art for 32 of my 33 years in that profession.
In 1988 I graduated with a Masters Degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. In 1989 I became the Art Department Chair at McDonough High School where I held that position for 21 years as well as becoming the painting instructor at that time.
I've taken painting courses at "The Art League" in Alexandria, Va. for the past 25 years starting in 1990. In 1993 I was recognized by the Charles County Board of Ed. for "Exemplary Service" as an art teacher and in 1997 recognized by the Maryland Art Education Association for "Outstanding Service" in the field of Art Education.
I am married with two grown children and I own a dog. I enjoy vegetable gardening, baseball and playing the guitar which I did for 22 years professionally, which is another story.
My body of work includes 4 watercolors, 3 oil paintings and over 35 acrylics. The acrylics include still-lifes as well as scenic landscapes from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia & the New England states.
I currently display my paintings at several Southern MD galleries on a regular basis.