I have a balanced life. I am a martial artist and a painter. Those two disciplines-learning to protect the outer world, and then nuture the inner world is how I attain this blend.
Added to this balance I have learned how to overcome great difficulties. As I child I was diagnosed with polio and lost the use of my legs. Because I have developed the skill finding happiness in every small thing I do. And I do so much.
I am vertical wall climber.
A long distance hand cyclist.
A gymnast on the high rings.
A gold medalist martial arts who has designed a system called Iron Crutch Kung Fu.
A public speaker.
A personal power coach and master art teacher.
A godfather and cherished uncle.
And a friend to many.
And yes, a master painter.
My art education began when I was two years of age and picked up a crayon. Whereas many people stop drawing, I didn't.
When I was 13 I studied water color under the tutalage of a master watercolorist for my summer vacation.
At 14 I studied portrait drawing at Lorrain Community College.
At 15 I received an award for Best Painter at the Ohio Governors Annual Art Exhibition.
I went on to complete my B.F.A. degree at Bowling Green State University with a concentration in Painting and Illustration.
I apprenticed with Art Associates, an architectural rendering company. Studied the 18th Century Dutch Master Jan Vermeer and the 21 Century American Master, Maxfield Parish in the European time-honored tradition of painting reproduction.
I have shown in major galleries in New York City. Atlanta, Georgia. Taos, New Mexico. San Francisco, California as well as many more.
If you would like to commission me for or purchase an original, contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To view more of my paintings or purchase my book, go to this site:
Quan Yin and the Panda Saints
The Tree Series
Mother and Child
Children who love Humming Birds
The Water Dancer Gallery
The Martial Arts: Four Seasons
The International Mermaid Gallery
Two Tigers in Panama Gallery
Tigers and other Cats