I began painting while attending W&J College in southwestern PA and studying under Paul Edwards, Chairman of the Art Department, author, painter, Who's Who in American Art, and old friend. I received a BA in Art from W&J in 1974 and later fall relocated to Baltimore to attend the MD. Institute College of Art. The following spring I began a two year period of classical studies in painting with Ann and Hans Schuler at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, concentrating on portraiture and figure painting and copying the work of the Flemish and Dutch masters at the National Gallery of Art in DC. In 1980 I returned to Washington, PA where I exhibited with John Luginski in a two-man show at W&J College. My focus by that time had shifted to the development of subconscious imagery and automatic drawing which I referred to as 'Continuous Drawing".
By the following decade my interest had gradually shifted to Realism again with the influence of several renown Western PA Realists: Malcolm Parcell, Nat Youngblood, Charlie Pitcher, Ray Dunlevy and Ray Forquer. After a one-man exhibition at W&J in November of 1990 and the birth of my daughter in '91 (another major influence and inspiration), I began painting landscapes based on hiking in the wilderness areas of West Virginia (Dolly Sods/Cranberry Wilderness/Otter Creek, etc.), the Laurel Highlands in Fayette Co., PA., and later the Adirondacks and New England.
My work was selected several times between 1985 and 2000 for the W&J Annual Juried National Painting Shows, receiving a purchase award in 1998. Other awards included an Honorable Mention from the Olgelbay Institute in Wheeling, WV, c.1988 and Best in Show, Middletown Art Association, Rumson, NJ, c.1985. I was juried into the Pittsburgh Society of Artists in 2015.
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