Artist Info and Awards
At the age of 55, I decided to try my hand at painting while looking for a hobby to help relieve the stress of owning and operating a restaurant....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.
Since my retirement from the restaurant business, I have devoted most of my free time to my painting avocation and the establishment of a visual arts presence in my hometown of Oswego, New York. I co-founded an Artists Coop, providing a much needed venue for local artists and artisans to display and sell their work for which I served as President/Business Manager for 6 years, until my recent 2nd retirement.
I have recently ventured into decorating furniture.....adding a bit of fun to furnishings with my paintbrush.
LOCAL: I gathered up my nerve and entered a painting in my first show/competition in 2003. To my surprise, it received an Award. In the years since, I have successfully competed in numerous art shows and juried competitions sponsored by local and national, and international art associations, winning over 80 awards.
NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: My work has also been juried into numerous National and International competitions 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)