I am a portrait and gallery artist residing with my wife Kim and our three children in the mountains of North Carolina.
Though portraiture is a major part of my career, I also love painting landscape, still life, and figurative gallery pieces. I am endlessly fascinated by people, places, and things and consider it a privilege and a challenge to capture some aspect of their essence on canvas.
I work toward 'painterly realism'; good drawing and composition, rendered with strong natural color, in such a way that you can still 'sense' or 'feel' the paint. The effect of this process is that the subject begins to artfully reveal itself to me and hopefully, the viewer. I do teach workshops now and then so check that out here
We're from Detroit, Michigan, where I earned my BFA from the College of Creative Studies in 1988. It was at CCS that I developed my love of painting, drawing, figurative art, and art history. I have been working as a portrait and gallery artist, and occasional instructor since graduating. I strive to do museum quality work that will be around long after my subjects and I have left this world.
In over 20 years as a professional artist I’ve completed over 500 portraits, sold many gallery paintings, had a number of one-person shows, and won a number of awards. Here are some of the highlights:
2013- Finalist - Portrait Society Of America's 2013 International Portrait Competition
2012 - Certificate Of Excellence - Portrait Society Of America's 2012 International Portrait Competition
2012 - 1st Place- Commissioned Portraits- PSOA’s Member's Only Competition
2010 - Finalist- Portrait/Figure Category of The Artist's Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition
2009 - 1st Place- Oil and Honorable Mention-Drawing- PSOA’s 'Choose Your Medium' Portrait Competition
2008 - 2nd Place- PSOA’s ‘Outdoor’ Portrait Competition
2007 - Semifinalist In American Artist Magazine’s 70th Anniversary Competition
2007 - Honorable Mention - PSOA’s Children’s Portrait Competition
2006 - Honorable Mention - PSOA’s Self - Portrait Competition
2006 - 2nd Place and People’s Choice - PSOA’s Tri - State Competition
2005 - Certificate Of Merit - PSOA’s Annual Portrait Competition
2004 - Best Portfolio - PSOA’s Annual Conference
2003 - Best Portfolio - PSOA’s Annual Conference
2002 - Certificate of Merit - PSOA’s Annual Portrait Competition
2001 - Certificate of Merit - PSOA’s Annual Portrait Competition