I have always been interested in the visual arts, forever trying to get family members and friends to sit for portraits. About 45 years ago I developed a regimen that finds me painting 8 hours a day and devoting the balance of my time to art studies. I have resided full time in Norway and South Paris, Maine since 1988.
I have had no formal art education and am self-taught with one exception - artists I respected encouraged me to study the masters and find several who seemed to strike a sympathetic chord. This I did, becoming influenced by the work of Oskar Kokoschka, Ernst Kirchner, Claude Monet and later, Neil Welliver and Philip Guston. I read constantly, focusing on art subjects and look to my favorite masters when I have a painting problem and often find a solution through them.
Most of my paintings are done in a realistic style in oil. I am especially concerned with composition, draftsmanship and strong color. Subjects that interest me the most are portraits, landscapes and large florals.