I was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1962. I was raised with my five sisters in the small town of Crafton. Great family. Great friends. Great community. I had a terrific time. My first year of college was at The University of Notre Dame studying Architectural Engineering. That was not so great. After a year off working as a deckhand on the coal barges, I returned to school to study Industrial Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology. While at RIT, I tried my hand at oil painting for the first time in November of '83. I painted a portrait of one of my beloved heroes; my recently deceased Grandfather. The moment I picked up that brush, it felt like I had been painting my entire life. I was hooked, and my career as a fine artist had begun...
In '85, I returned to Pittsburgh, ready to take my hometown by storm. I immersed myself in the local art community, and my success was critically, if not commercially, immediate. By '89, it was time to test the waters in other markets, so I moved to New Haven, CT. It was to be my hub exploring all the large east coast venues for the next 5 years.
I was rooted deeply in small-town values and did not enjoy the frenetic energy of the big cities. I drifted to Nashville, TN where I met Dorothy. In 1997, I also met my first computer. They were both love at first sight, so I married Dorothy and my artwork married the computer. We visited Dorothy's old home in Vermont and knew immediately that was where we belonged.
In 2001, we moved to a beautiful historic Victorian home in the village of Brandon. Great family. Great friends. Great community. We're having a terrific time.
When asked to describe my art, it is difficult to find accurate words; I do not fit neatly into any isms. My goal is to create a new language specific to the values I wish to communicate.
My approach is not to blur the edges of realism or sharpen the focus of abstraction, but to create a common ground where the two can meet; not as opponents coerced into an uneasy balance, but as equal partners singing a new song with one voice.
A New Way
After 20 years as an oil painter, I realized that my new body of work would require a new medium. The problem was that the appropriate one didn’t exist! I had been dabbling with digital tools to do studies for my oil paintings when it occurred to me to look in that direction. After many years of trial and error, I developed a set of tools and techniques that would allow my new work to come to life. I call this technique Visual Choreography because it is many steps brought together to create a dance for the eyes. The white flowers are the lyrics; the rhythm and movement is the music. I work digitally because the entire process remains fluid and changeable from the first seed of my idea until I deem the work complete. I can move forward and backward, making decisions on any component of the artwork at any time I want. I can execute those decisions at the exact moment they occur to me, creating at the speed of thought. Digital tools free me from a linear process and allow my vision to evolve naturally. The technique includes photo montage, digital painting, and printing on canvas with a custom modified 12 color multi-channel system using 100% pigment inks.