I was raised in East Africa on the plains of the Serengeti National Park where I began sketching as a child. After college I spent 21 years flying helicopters for the Army and the Coast Guard from a myriad of locations throughout the world to include: Antarctica, Greenland, Korea, Vietnam, and South America. I continued to sketch as a hobby during my travels around the world. After my retirement from the Coast Guard I flew emergency medical helicopters for several hospitals in Texas, Arizona, and California. I also flew fire suppression helicopters for the California Division of Forestry. My flying career ended in 2002 due to cardiac surgery at which time I began my new journey as a full time artist which has always been a lifelong dream. I am primarily self taught except for regular attendance at oil painting workshops with a variety of professional artists to include: Craig Nelson, John Budecin, Ray Roberts, Ned Mueller and others. I prefer Alla Prima Plein Air painting where I try in some small way to capture the essence and spirit of the place rather than a photorealistic image. I travel extensively looking for that ray of breaking light, an old trailer with a story, a gritty urban scene, a dimly lit bar, or a beautiful sunrise. I also paint larger pieces in my studio using my photographs or plein air studies as reference material. I am an oil painter and I prefer to paint in a quick , loose, spontaneous style. I especially enjoy the application and tactile quality of thick oil paint and expressive color. I enjoy seeing each stroke of the brush which tells a story of the excitement I felt at the moment.
My work has been accepted in numerous juried shows. In 2007 I was selected to paint a landscape on a large Christmas tree ornament representing Whiskeytown National Recreation Area at the White House. I was invited to reception celebrating art in the National Parks at the White House by President and Mrs Bush.
I am represented by:
Art and Soul Gallery in Ashland, Oregon
Red Bluff Art gallery in Red Bluff, California