“A painter’s brush consumes his dreams.” John Keats’ statement has been a driving force behind my passion. As a painter of realism, my college years were a series of experiments in abstract expressionism (the “ism” of that time). The frustrations of this popular style almost curtailed my desire to paint, setting aside my painting for a career as owner of a successful advertising- marketing firm for twenty years in Miami, Florida. Painting entered my life again by a request of an interior designer who had seen some of my recent work and commissioned a trompe l’oeil painting for a restaurant. Not to turn away a challenge, I agreed. That one small opportunity turned into a new company. I became proficient in painting murals, trompe l’oeil and decorative designs. Murals ranged from small to 800 sq. ft. or more and are still in private and corporate collections, retail stores, restaurants – including Burger King International Headquarters, Sunglass Huts and Spec’s Music Stores throughout the Miami and South Florida area.
My paintings have been exhibited throughout the Metro DC area in galleries and exhibits with awards including “Best of Show” several times. I paint in oil or acrylic all sizes and shapes. Currently, my paintings are in a permanent collection at PassionFish Restaurant in Reston, VA; patron collections; and on sale at Skynear Designs – 2122 18th Street NW in Washington, DC – www.skyneardesigns.com; Chasen Galleries – 3554 W. Cary Street, Richmond, VA – www.chasengalleries.com; and Alexandria Frame & Gallery – 694 N. St. Asaph St., Alexandria, VA.
Honors have included a grant to live for a month in 2010 in Dinan, France – a beautiful area in Brittany. I was honored to have one of my paintings chosen and added to the collection of La Grande Vigne. In addition to local exhibits, my work can be seen in juried art festivals in South Florida – Miami, Key Biscayne, Boca Raton and Palm Beach; and Metro Washington, DC areas. Consult my website for exhibit dates.