Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Independence, Missouri. I studied art in high school and college where I was blessed to win numerous art awards and ribbons. In Missouri I studied under the late artist Andrew Thoman.
In college was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and went to the west coast to their rookie training camp. In my second year of playing minor league baseball tore ligaments in my ankle and being on crutches resumed my passion for painting and studied under California artist Bert Carter. I entered many art shows where I continued to win ribbons for my work, as well as selling oil paintings to hundreds of clients throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland.
My work is enjoyed in private collections with some of the more notable collectors Art Linkletter, Debbie Reynolds and Debbie Reynold’s mother.
After a couple of years living in California, I partnered with three other artist and opened a gallery in Laguna Beach, California. That same year opened an additional gallery and studio in Canoga Park, California where I taught oil painting as well.
My love of God’s beautiful earth creations inspire my paintings which start many times with on location watercolor sketches or photos and then back to the studio to capture God’s beauty.
In 2007 I moved to Treasure Island, Florida where Florida’s west coast now seem to influence my paintings. In 2013 moved to the Siesta Key – Sarasota area and close to my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and where they have invigorated me to continue capturing God’s palette.
You can find me and my paintings every Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Siesta Key Farmers Market in the Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key, Florida. Come by and say hello.
You can also catch me periodically painting LIVE from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesday mornings painting my tropical beach scenes located at the Siesta Key Public Beach Pavilion at 948 Beach Road in Siesta Key, Florida. More »