Self-portrait in Berlin Studio
An artist is an observer and an interpreter. My experience living in a diversity of places and cultures informs my art. I grew up in rural South Texas but have lived in New York City, Washington DC, Moscow, Paris, Berlin and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. After more than 30 years as an expatriate, I believe an outsider often sees the beauty, the humor or irony in the everyday which an insider accepts without reflection. I seek to communicate that vision in my paintings.
My art education ranges from Paris to New York to Berlin. I began painting in Paris in the late 1980’s when I studied with Jean Marc Luszpinski, a Polish-French painter who introduced me to oil painting. I later had the good fortune to live in New York City and attend the Art Student’s League and the National Academy of Design. I acquired a strong grounding in drawing and painting the portrait and figure by studying artistic anatomy with Peter Cox and figure and portrait painting with Mary Beth McKenzie and Ron Scherr at the Art Student's League and with Sam Adoquei at the National Academy. My fascination with people also led me to explore the three dimensional figure in clay. I studied sculpture in Paris with Brazilian sculptor Jahildo Marinho and in Berlin with Annaliese Rudolph, known for her portraits of theater personalities of 1950's Berlin.
I currently live in Annapolis, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, where I maintain a studio in the historic Eastport neighborhood.