Location: United States
Behind every painting is a story. Early in my life my family owned a paint store that included a section with art supplies and books about drawing and painting architecture, landscapes, and figures. I spent many hours in that section of the store drawing and painting. While serving in Europe with the U.S. Army, I traveled and continued sketching and painting with wash & ink. For the next 30 years I worked in professional development primarily with architects and other design industry professionals - occasionally drawing. While working at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC, I had the good fortunate to travel extensively, visiting architectural sites in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and several Pacific Rim countries. The cultures, architecture and arts of these locations continue to influence my selection of subjects, compositions and colors. In 2011 I began taking classes and workshops at the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition, I've supplemented the more formal studies with self-study and social media options.
While I enjoy trying new approaches to art I absolutely love watercolor and inks, and I'm drawn to architecture, historical ruins, landscapes, figures and water. Painting allows me to express my feelings and connections with people and places. What's fun, there is a personal story and a "why" behind each painting and drawing selected on this site.
Influenced by: Graham Berry, Virgil Carter, Thomas W. Schaller, Keiko Tanabe, Tim Wilmot, and Joseph Zbukvic.
This is a studio painting on Arches 300 lb cold pressed paper based upon a photo taken during our visit to the historic downtown of Newport, Rhode Island. The setting was a restaurant at sunset. The sunset and reflection off the water that caught my interest and most of the other customers.
As far back as I can remember I've always liked castles. Here's one that I enjoyed visiting every summer while I was living in Germany. I painted this one on Arches 140 lb cold pressed to represent a summer evening river cruise.
When asked to do a commission painting I was granted permission to "play" with different versions of a single photo. For each painting I used the same location. This painting is #1 in a series of four.
On a trip this summer to Asheville, North Carolina we rented a mountain cabin with a view of the downtown. This painting captures the awesome early morning views from the cabin's deck.