Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I received a B.F.A. degree from Ohio University, attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, and completed my M.F.A. degree in painting at Kent State University. While attending the University of Chicago, I was fortunate to be part of a small-group seminar led by the late art critic Harold Rosenberg which instilled in me his belief that you learn and grow as an artist through the physical act of creating your artwork.
After finishing graduate school, I enrolled in a private commercial art school in Cleveland to study mechanical/ technical drawing and airbrushing. I then spent many years in the commercial art field as a designer, staff illustrator for Penton Publishing and freelancer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Sunday editorial page. After moving to Baltimore, Maryland, I was employed as a muralist, technical illustrator and then as a faux-finish painter while continuing to develop my fine art painting. I have also worked as an adjunct art instructor at Cuyahoga Community College’s eastern and western campuses, the Columbus College of Art and Design’s Saturday program and The Ohio State University’s Foundations program. After I earned a degree in education from Ashland University, I taught art for sixteen years in a public high school.
Throughout the last two decades I have been experimenting and developing a method of painting that was recently featured in my solo exhibit at The Butler Institute of American Art. My work has also been exhibited in numerous venues, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Klutznick National Jewish Museum of Washington, D.C., the Southern Ohio Museum, and various galleries in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh.
Recently my work has received recognition through the Ohio Arts Councils Individual Excellence Award Grant for 2021; Artists in the Community Individuals Grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council in 2019 and 2020.
Represented by Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; Bonfoey Galley and District Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio and Art Access Gallery in Columbus, Ohio