I’ve been painting since I was eight years old and while I’ve taken many art classes over the years, I am largely self-taught. My formal education consists of a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, achieved in 1988 from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. I graduated Summa Cum Laude, top student in Finance and was Valedictorian of my graduating class. I then went to work for IBM in New York City, selling computers to large Fortune 500 companies.
After 25 years, I realized that telling people that I’d spent most of my career in corporate America wasn’t going to make me as happy as being able to say I took a chance on my dreams and it paid off. I finally gave myself permission to do the things I’ve always wanted to do.
My artwork is representational, it depicts objects or scenes easily recognized by the viewer. My artwork is also naturalistic – factually and realistically painted. Although I may use photographs as reference, each piece is sketched and painted entirely by hand.
I started out oil painting but currently work in pastel. My favorite papers are Wallis Sanded pastel paper and Stonehenge fine art paper. My subjects mainly represent the beauty of nature and architecture.
With my art, I try to present what is most important to me, my ideal world. A quote from my favorite author, Ayn Rand, in her book, The Romantic Manifesto sums up my perspective on art and what I hope to achieve with it:
“Since a rational man’s ambition is unlimited, since his pursuit and achievement of values is a lifelong process—and the higher the values, the harder the struggle—he needs a moment, an hour or some period of time in which he can experience the sense of his completed task, the sense of living in a universe where his values have been successfully achieved. It is like a moment of rest, a moment to gain fuel to move farther. Art gives him that fuel; the pleasure of contemplating the objectified reality of one’s own sense of life is the pleasure of feeling what it would be like to live in one’s ideal world.”