I am a retired secondary school art educator, having taught in public schools for thirty-two years. During that time, I saw many of my students win art competitions and go on to further their artistic development and careers.
For the past 20 years, I have established myself as an accomplished artist, specializing in exact detail through the use of graphite, colored pencil, watercolor and oil. Most recently, I have included wildlife and American-life subjects in my work. I emphasize intricate compositions and choose subject matter for its design possibilities. These elements are coupled with the skillful use of light and shadows and are enhanced with well-developed shading techniques.
My work has been exhibited in numerous art festivals, the Central New York Adirondack Art Show, where I have been a first place winner many times and selected for the Master's Division. In addition I won three, first-place awards in the Utica, NY Art Association's annual competitions. I have exhibited at the Central New York Community Arts Council, The Fenimore Gallery, The Smithy Gallery in Cooperstown, NY, Cooperstown Art Association Exhibition, The Gannett Gallery, Munson, Williams, Proctor Institute in Utica, NY, McKenzie Art Gallery in Cazenovia, NY, Rome Community Art Center, 531 Central Fire Arts Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL and The Wild Life Exhibit at the New York State Fair.
Since moving to The Villages, Florida, I have continued to garner awards at events sponsored by the Visual Arts Association, The Villages Art League and the Colored Pencils Painter Guild. I taught twenty seven different courses through The Villages Lifelong Learning College now called the Enrichment Academy. I am a past chairperson for the Artists Helping Artists Program, past president of Visual Art Association and currently direct the Jump-Start Artists Program at Sea Breeze Recreation Center in The Villages, Florida.
Many talented artists inspired my art convictions but in the Baroque Era there was Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Frans Hals, Heda, Van der Meer, and La Tour who were on the top of the list. Presently Sterling Edwards and Tony Couch for their beautiful watercolors. In addition to their obvious watercolor skills, their knowledge of composition has inspired me to teach these concepts in all my classes.