I do not subscribe to any particular style of painting. I simply try to create images that please me, using whatever method leads to that end. I enjoy playing with skewed perspectives, creating the illusion of depth, using hard edges, and balancing shadows with bold colors. Doing my art is fun, my chance to fantasize, problem solve, and create a world where I am answerable to no one but myself.
I began painting as a hobby in 1968. My formal art education consists of a minor in art from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a few drawing and design classes at Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, California. When I thought I was good enough, I entered some art shows but didn't think to document most of what happened. The highlight of that era came when I won second place and a hundred dollars at a show someone threw in a Fresno shopping mall.
I married Janet in 1996, and she brought her three school-aged children into my life. I soon realized I wasn't going to have the time or space paint, so I laid my brushes down for the next fifteen years. Now the children are out on their own, I am retired, and we have moved to Sacramento where I started painting again. I joined the Sacramento Fine Arts Center and Northern California Artists and began entering juried art shows. Among my recent achievements are first place in Contemporary Painting at the 2015 KVIE Art Auction, an Award of Merit from the 2016 California State Art Show, and a Juror's Award at the 2016 KVIE Art Auction.
I love to paint and suspect I will continue to do so until I can no longer wield a brush.
Awards and Honors
*Jul 2019 - California State Art Show
* Sept 2017 Sacramento Love (with Bob Miller)
* Jan 2017 Celebrate California: an exhibition (Sac Co.
Board of Supervisors Chambers)
* Sep 2016 - NCA Bold Expressions International Art Show Honorable Mention
* Sep 2016 _ KVIE Program Guide Cover Art
* Aug 2016 - KVIE Art Auction Juror's Award
* June 2016 - California State Art Show Award of Merit
* May 2016 - NCA Inner Views Art Show Best Use of Mood
* Sep 2015 - KVIE Art Auction 1st place Contemporary Painting
* Jan 2015 - Delicato Vineyards 27th Annual Art Show 3 honorable mentions
* July 2014 - SFAC Magnum Opus International Art Show Honorable mention
* June 2014 - Placer Art League Open Art Show Honorable mention
* May 2014 - Elk Grove Open Art Show Honorable mention
* May 2014 - Elk Grove Excellence in Art Show 2nd place
* July 1988 - Society of Western Artists Show 2nd place
* May 1988 - Central California Art League Show Honorable mention
* 1988 - Santa Cruz Art League Statewide Show Honorable Mention