Artist StatementThe art spirit is a living, growing entity that while it doesn't begin with the exterior world, it requires sustenance from it. The process of making art is a fusion of the concrete and the abstract, the real and the imagined. The product of art is a synthesis of internal and external forces. It attempts to create order out of chaos. Art is a way to express universal ideas about the complexity of the human experience [life, death, happiness] or something as simple as the way sunlight falls on a wooden floor. My style is representational and grounded in academic tradition. I am challenged by the problems of turning reality into painterly effects, creating illusions, and what makes art work in an eternal world.
I studied art at St. Mary's College of Maryland with Earl Hofmann, Tom Rowe, Joe Ross from 1968-1972 and then returned to school and studied with Sue Johnson and Lisa Scheer in the 1990s.