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 balance in my life.
I have learned how to overcome great difficulties. As a child I was diagnosed with polio and lost the use of my legs. Because of this challenge, I have developed the skill of finding personal meaning in every small thing I do.
The most important principle I have learned is this. Never ask if I can do thing. Rather, I decide if I want to learn a skill. Once I decide what I want, I then find a teacher. And then I practice what they ask every day. As a result I have accomplished some satisfying experiences.
Vertical Wall Climber
Long Distance Hand Cyclist
Gymnast on the high rings
Gold Medal Martial Artist and designer of Iron Crutch Kung Fu
Personal Power Coach and Master Class Art Teacher
Godfather and cherished uncle
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 watercolor under the tutelage of a master watercolorist for my summer vacation.
At 14 I studied portrait drawing at Lorrain Community College.
At 15 I received an award 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, as well as many more.
If you would like to own any of my prints, look below.
If you would like to purchase an original, contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To view more of my paintings or purchase my book, go to this site:
We Are Voyagers
Harry and the Cat
The Butterfly Child
Landscapes I have loved
The Tree Series
The Balinese Collection
Mother and Child
Children Who Love Humming Birds
The Water Dancer Gallery
The Martial Arts
The International Mermaid Gallery
Two Tigers in Panama Gallery
Quan Yin and the Panda Saints
Tigers and Other Cats