Artist Info and Awards
While looking for a hobby to help relieve the stress of owning and operating a restaurant, I decided to try my hand at painting ...It was love at first brushstroke. I became so immersed in the process that all else was erased from my mind. Although I have had no formal training, to say that I am "Self Taught" is a stretch, since I have accumulated a library of books and lessons by many of the best artists and instructors available.
I began with oils, but was soon drawn to the fast drying acrylics, which seemed a better fit to my style of painting. During my continued development as an artist, I have discovered and been greatly influenced by the work of the Hudson River School, John Singer Sargent, Joquin Sorolla and of modern masters Richard Schmid and Scott Burdick among others.
I have devoted most of my free time to my painting avocation and the establishment of an Artist Coop in Oswego, NY, providing a much needed venue for local artists and artisans to display and sell their work. I served as President/Business Manager for 6 years, until my recent retirement.
For a change of pace,I have added some fun furniture decorating into my painting repertoire.
My paintings have been awarded over 80 awards in local, national, and international art shows/competitions, including
numerous 1st Place ribbons and 6 Best of Show Awards.
NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: In addition, my work has been juried into numerous National and International online competitions, as well as physical shows sponsored by the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS), American Impressionist Society (AIS) and the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP). I have been awarded Signature Membership in ISAP and have also participated in a number of invitational and solo shows.
American Impressionist Society (AIS)
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Sciety (NOAPS)
International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) Signature Member
CNY Art Guild
VIEW (Old Forge Art Guild)