My interest in art began early. At age seven I had a drawing of a dog, “with eyes as big as sewer lids”, published in the Denver Post. That same year I won my first award – a pack of Juicy Fruit gum – for a clay sculpture of a cowboy sitting on a fence and twirling his lasso overhead in a school composition. This interest continued throughout my school years. After serving in the U.S. Army, I studied sculpture and painting in college receiving a B.F.A. degree. I continued what I did in college by making constructivist paintings. These were exhibited in many shows. I also screenprinted, art directed, signpainted, illustrated a few books, took two solo bicycle trips across the United States and Canada, and built a three story cabin by hand. My neighbors called this cabin a lodge, I called it a giant sculpture.
Form from Abstraction
For over a decade, I’ve been painting landscapes full-time. I set the composition for my images by starting from my own photographs and break the scene into small blocks. On the canvas a larger corresponding grid is drawn. This sets the stage for paint application.
A somewhat contemporary impressionist, I work exclusively in fluid acrylics. My technique involves breaking down landforms into abstract bits of vibrant colors. Up close, each swatch of paint on canvas appears haphazard, but from a distance the viewer’s eye mixes the colors to form recognizable shapes.
Painting tiny strokes can be tedious, but it is a stable method of building an image. Part of the trick is painting without conscience awareness of a scene but only distributing paint to a flat surface.
These multi-award winning paintings capture the look and feel of the earth’s form and nature. My paintings appear in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
B.F.A., with honors, 1974. Metropolitan State College,Denver
Texaco Corp.; Adams Mark Hotels; Parkersburg Art Center; Ouray Community Center; Rocky Mountain National Park, Pueblo Bank, State of Colorado. Private & corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada & Europe
The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art, The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Art Talk, Wet Mountain Tribune, Who’s Who in the West, Colorado Impression Magazine, Sunshine Artist(10/02)
At age seven, drawing was published in the Denver Post.
At age eleven, drew monthly comic strip for school paper.
Featured on Montana Public Radio,1996.
TOP AWARD WINNER IN THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINE 1993 COMPETITION, Featured in December, 1993 issue.
Listed in Who’s Who in the West, 25th Edition.
1995 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO