I consider myself a contemporary artist who loves painting while listening to music, especially Jazz, which is a source of inspiration. As an artist I truly enjoy the process of creating a piece, from its conception, to building and layering textures, to selecting a color palette, and finally to see shapes and figures come together and form a unique, beautiful, and moving piece. I have won many awards for my work, from Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, to Honorable Mention throughout my career.
My medium of choice are acrylic and pastels with a mixture of earth tones, cool pastels, and vivid primary colors that focus on beauty, music, passion, and the abstracts and intangibles of color, figure, thought, and form. My strong colorful work is sometimes realistic and sometimes abstracted, and many of my pieces are evocative of the great Picasso in geometry and form, yet display a truly distinctive approach. My paintings are created to depict the sounds, flavor, and vibrations of life and I hope that in some small way larger opportunities are generated for communication and understanding.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, I have been actively involved in artistic activities since early childhood. I am a self-taught artist who started making sketches with pencil and charcoal at a very young age. I consider myself a contemporary artist, and through the years I have worked to develop a unique and distinctive artistic style producing several notable pieces, some by special request for individuals, and for public and private events. I have competed in and won many local, regional and national competitions for numerous juried shows and exhibitions, building a solid reputation as a well-respected artist.
For me, art is essential to the human experience. “A basic understanding and appreciation of the arts serves to broaden character and deepen the connections with those in our social circles” (A Passion for Jazz!™ 2007). I like to use my art as an opportunity to inform, educate, and ignite the interest of art lovers and students. The paintings I create depict the sounds, flavor, and vibrations of life and I hope that in some authentic way to generate an opportunity for communication and understanding.
My wife and I now reside in North Texas where I am actively involved in local art organizations, juried exhibitions, public art projects, and participate in selective Juried Fine Art Festivals throughout the country. My paintings are collected and displayed in fine homes and private collections across the United States including California, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, New York, Kansas, Oklahoma, and in the collection of Northlake College in Irving, Texas, and my painting “Quaker Town”, commissioned by the City of Denton TX Public Art Project, which hangs in the Denton Texas City Hall.
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