Landscape painter. Self-taught. Primarily work in pastels, acrylics and watercolors, occasionally in oils and alkyds.
Growing up in central NY, I learned to love the land around me, going canoeing, hiking, fishing and hunting with my father. Later, after we both gave up hunting, we added birding to the mix.
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MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST
I began to draw at a very early age, with my first piece of artwork being a drawing of strange-looking creatures that looked like dodo birds with pointy, reptilian-looking teeth, done on my crib sheet with a ball-point pen.
I was less than two years old at the time and have no memory of this. I know about it because my parents kept the crib sheet and told me the story. (They theorized that a pen fell out of my father’s shirt pocket when he was putting me in my crib.)
After that, up until the age of 16 or so, I mostly did pencil and pen-and-ink sketches of animals, along with some pretty crude watercolors of same, with my artistic influences being the wildlife artists I was exposed to in my grandfather’s Field & Stream magazines and my grandmother’s National Wildlife magazines. Bob Kuhn, Francis Lee Jacques, and Louis Agassiz Fuertes were my artistic heroes then.
Today I’m primarily a regionalist landscape painter, mostly painting place-specific paintings of upstate NY scenes, the majority within 50 miles of where I live.
Occasionally I still paint animals, both wild and domestic, and have painted landscapes based on places in Vermont, Maine, Oregon and Massachusetts (Cape Cod). Now my artistic heroes are Charles Burchfield, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, John Constable, Edward Hopper and Vincent Van Gogh (and etc.).
For more information, and to see more of my paintings and/or to contact me about my artwork, please check out my website (see above).
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