My love of art began at an early age in Scranton, PA. I loved drawing and would copy cartoons from comic books and newspapers. A wonderful teacher by the name of Terrance Gallagher and a childhood friend inspired me to enroll in art classes offered by the Everhart Museum. My interest in painting continued throughout high school. However, somewhere between the passion of becoming a painter and the desire to cling to the known, I second guessed myself by questioning whether art was a realistic choice. So I reluctantly put art on hold and pursued a rewarding career in public service and consulting in the private sector, after graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Richmond in Virginia.
In mid-career at the gentle nudging of my wife, Kathleen, I enrolled and studied painting at the University of Maryland. While there I coincidentally met William B. Lawrence, a nationally known painter and sought after teacher. Lawrence was a major source of influence and inspiration, as he continually challenged me to go beyond the urge to paint like him or others and to find my own motif. I owe a great deal of credit to him for my growth as a painter.
Following my study with Lawrence, I enjoyed another string of good fortune when a fellow colleague extended an invitation to have a solo exhibition at the United States Department of Treasury. Several of those paintings are now in private collections and have become the launching point for subsequent sales across the United States. In July 2015 I accepted an invitation from the Telecommunications Industry Association in Arlington, VA where I had an installation of twelve paintings. I have also participated in several group exhibitions, most recently at the Strathmore in North Bethesda in 2014-2015 and in 2013-2015 respectively, at the Capital Arts Network in Rockville, MD, the Goldman Art Gallery in North Bethesda and at the Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery in Washington, DC that represents my work.
I'm now focusing on an non-objective style that combines the clear composition of geometric abstraction with the intense color and unitary forms of color field painting. Whether this style of painting is in or out of favor has nothing to do with the trajectory of my work. Creating something from nothing that I haven't seen before is what makes painting endlessly challenging. And that is the reason I do it.