I have been drawing since I was a little boy and honed this skill at university and throughout my career as a graphic designer and illustrator. As a painter, drawing experience has been invaluable, allowing me to draw what I see with accuracy and to design good compositions for successful paintings.
I was born and raised in Camillus, New York and graduated from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo with a BFA in Communication Design. I established a career as a graphic designer, art director and illustrator in design firms and advertising agencies in the Central New York region before creating a freelance business in graphic design and Illustration (including architectural illustration). I then moved on to a fine art career in plein air landscape painting and mural painting.
Throughout my career as a graphic designer, art director and illustrator, drawing was a skill and art that was necessary to be successful in conceptualizing and communicating ideas to my colleagues during brainstorming sessions and for selling ideas to clients. Throughout my career I learned new skills like linear perspective, modeling and sketching with graphite, marker, pen and ink, colored pencil and watercolor. I learned my skills and ability to express my ideas as a designer and fine artist out of necessity and my love of art and design. These drawing skills are forever being honed by sketching while I am out hiking or or doing a value sketch for my next masterpiece..
Through the years I have been involved with community service. While living in Arizona before moving to Maine in 2012, I served on the City of Goodyear Arts and Culture Commission, Three Rivers Historical Society Board of Directors, founder and designer of the Estrella Mountain Regional Park Centennial Trail and Chairman of the Centennial Trail Planning Committee. For two years I was
the Master Artist for “Gallery 37”, the West Valley Arts Council’s public art program, directing high school art students to design, present and produce public art for municipal clients.
In 2021 my wife and I returned to Arizona in the Sedona area. After living and painting in Maine, I will continue my quest to sketch and paint the landscape in our new home capturing the raw beauty of the desert southwest.
I have been influenced by many great people and artists but my wife Julie is my most important
influencer and supporter. Family, friends and collectors of my art have been invaluable as supporters
intrinsically and financially