Hailing from Detroit, Michigan I earned my BFA from the College of Creative Studies there in 1988. It was at CCS that I developed my love of painting, drawing, figurative art, and art history. I have been working as a portrait and gallery artist, and occasional instructor since graduating. I strive to do museum quality work that will be around long after my subjects and I have left this world.
I am a portrait and gallery artist residing with my wife Kim and our three young children in the mountains of North Carolina. Though portraiture is a major part of my career, I also love painting landscape, still life, and figurative gallery pieces. I am endlessly fascinated by people, places, and things and consider it a privilege and a challenge to capture some aspect of their essence on canvas.
I work toward ‘painterly realism’; good drawing and composition, rendered with strong natural color, in such a way that you can still ‘sense’ or ‘feel’ the paint. The effect of this process is that the subject begins to artfully reveal itself to me and hopefully, the viewer.
In over 20 years as a professional artist I’ve completed over 250 portraits, sold many gallery paintings, had a number of one-person shows, and won a number of awards. Here are some of the highlights:
2010- Finalist- Portrait/Figure Category of The Artist's Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition
2009- 1st Place- Oil and Honorable Mention-Drawing- Portrait Society Of America’s 'Choose Your Medium' Portrait Competition
2008 - 2nd Place- Portrait Society Of America’s ‘Outdoor’ Portrait Competition
2007 - Semifinalist In American Artist Magazine’s 70th Anniversary Competition
2007 - Honorable Mention - Portrait Society Of America’s Children’s Portrait Competition
2006 - Honorable Mention - Portrait Society Of America’s Self - Portrait Competition
2006 - 2nd Place and People’s Choice - Portrait Society Of America’s Tri - State Competition
2005 - Certificate Of Merit - Portrait Society Of America’s Annual Portrait Competition
2004 - Best Portfolio - Portrait Society Of America’s Annual Conference
2003 - Best Portfolio - Portrait Society Of America’s Annual Conference
2002 - Certificate of Merit - Portrait Society Of America’s Annual Portrait Competition
2001 - Certificate of Merit - Portrait Society Of America’s Annual Portrait Competition