I joined the US Army in 1967 and while stationed in Korea I started painting during the evenings and on weekends as a way to pass the time. Most of the paintings were detailed studies of the Disney animated features. It was after I got out of the army that I became fascinated by the paintings of Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Whistler.
While living in Washington DC, I spent most weekends painting out in the Maryland and Virginia countryside. I would drive along small sometimes dirt roads until I came across the subject of my next painting. Parking my car on the side of the road, I placed my canvas flat on the hood of my car and began painting.
Soon after that period I was married and had two daughters. I realized that I needed to find a more reliable career which led to my working as a creative product and package designer for Johnson & Johnson, and then, 15 years later, with The Walt Disney Company as a Product Design Manager. Working for Disney was a dream come true for me, something I had wanted to do ever since since I was five years old. During my years with Disney I worked on many exciting projects and can look back fondly on my time with Disney.
My paintings cover a broad range of styles and techniques, with my preferred medium being oil on heavy watercolor paper. Using paper rather than traditional canvas allows the paint to set and dry quicker, allowing for a faster painting and for paint 'drag' to occur. Brush strokes become more visible which is an important element in most of my paintings. After the painting is dry and varnished, I mount the painting on cradled birch plywood.
My artwork has been exhibited in galleries and art museums in Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and New Jersey. And I continue to do character paintings for The Walt Disney Company.