At the age of seven, my father moved our family to the country next door to my Grandmother's farm east of Syracuse, New York. Once out of the confines of the suburbs, I had acres and acres of new home to explore and call my playground, and I spent as much time as possible in the outdoors. Growing up, the summer months were precious and, even at a young age, seemed to me too few and far between the cold and gray that constituted most of the year in upstate New York. When the weather forced me to spend time inside, I often used my artistic nature to express myself through drawing and painting. As a child I was very fortunate to be educated in a school system where art was considered an important and necessary means of communication, encouraging creative students with a diversity of artistic curriculum.
After graduating from The State University of New York at Buffalo with a Fine Arts degree in 1992, I began a career as a graphic designer and put my other creative abilities on the back burner. In 1997, I moved to San Antonio, Texas. Two years later, I visited the Big Bend region in the far western reaches of the state. I immediately felt a strong connection and sense of rootedness with this vast, extreme and majestic landscape. I was captivated by the play of light as the sun danced across the rocky Chihuahuan Desert.
In 2000, I located to Presidio County in Far West Texas, and soon thereafter began my pursuit as a serious watercolorist. From 2006 to 2016, I lived in Casa Piedra, a ghost town located 25 miles from the Mexican border and 45 miles south of Marfa, Texas. During my time in the Trans-Pecos region, I established myself as a reputable landscape painter, with four solo shows in Marfa.
I moved to El Paso in 2016, and currently reside on the Westside where I continue to paint in my home studio.
I am fortunate to live in an inspiring spot on this planet and have the time to focus intently on the way the sunlight enhances my surrounds and brings it to life. No matter how intimate I become with my subjects – mesquite and cottonwood trees, dry creek beds, boulders, crags, mountains and rim rock, to name just a few – it is a challenge to capture the spirit of this country
on a flat surface with brush and paint.