Biography

As a child growing up in Shorewood, Wisconsin, I eagerly sought time to make art. My schooling always encouraged my pursuit of art. I attended the Layton School of Art and the Milwaukee Art Institute when I was young. After graduating from Marquette University I pursued a career in advertising, then real estate where I designed and built several commercial buildings. My wife would often encourage me to keep up with my art even as we raised our four children. My passion for painting was ever present and my goal was always to make room for my art.

My journey in art has taken me along an exciting growth path. In 1993 I enrolled in drawing classes at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. I then studied for three years at Atelier Prohl where I was trained in the traditions of the ateliers(studios) of Paris and the Boston school of classic realism. Black and white drawings were first, followed by black and white painting the second year. After mastering reproducing the exact image of either still life or portrait, the third year we advanced to full color oil painting. From there I quickly worked hard to loosen up my style to a more impressionistic approach. I enjoyed painting landscapes “en plein air” in both oil and watercolor. This led to a commission to do a watercolor of the 1998 Milwaukee Symphony Showcase House in Oconomowoc. Commissions also came to paint portraits in oil. I continued to study at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) including being juried into Terry Coffman’s Master’s Painting Class. I have worked under the direction of Sally Duback at her Grafton Studio. I also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2007 my abstract painting was one of 68 accepted out of 780 juried entries into the Wisconsin Biennial Exhibition at the Haggerty Museum. My paintings have been repesented at Gallery MK in Chicago's River North Gallery District since 2010.

In the August 2009 issue of M Magazine-Milwaukee Lifestyle my work along with three other painters was featured in an article entitled, Primary Colors, Artists Influence City's Cultural Palette.

I was a member and former officer of the League of Milwaukee Artists for 18 years. I am a member of the Wisconsin Visual Artists (formerly Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors).