I particularly admire Sandhill Cranes, as their social interaction is most intriguing. Sandhill Cranes mate for life, but if the male should die another male will not only take his place but also adopt the offspring.
I once saw a female crane standing over her lost mate for some time, morning her loss. Because of the similarity to this human emotion and the family bond that they form, I have a special fondness for this species.
I have been producing oil paintings professionally for over 30 years. My oil paintings are in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and are included in the State of Florida's permanent art collection through their Art in Public Buildings Program.
My work has been in museum art shows through-out the United States and in several traveling exhibits including "Paws and Reflect: Art of Canines".
My artwork can best be described as Traditional Realism. I ascribe to the "Old Masters" techniques of establishing a pleasing arrangement of medium, light and dark values within my paintings. This is one of the basic elements used in creating authentic interpretation of the subject matter.
I paint many subjects that capture my attention and inspires me, but specialize in a favorite subject, North American animals. Home based in Florida, much of my art work features the many bird species that can be commonly found here. Some species quite common here are not found in other places, so I feel as though I am preserving Florida's beauty through art for others to see.
I started drawing and painting at a very young age. My first visit to my great aunt's Vermont farm, with the sights and smells of living in the country, started my life long love of nature and influenced my art from the very beginning.
I have lived in Port St. Lucie, Florida for over two decades, having moved to Florida from New York. During this time I have witnessed the damage a couple of decades of progress can render on wildlife and wildlife habitats. The loss of Florida's pristine areas has prompted me to direct my work toward eliciting increased public awareness regarding the dangers of over-development.
I attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, the Parson School of Design, and the California Art Institute. In 1995 I founded St. Lucie Professional Arts League in Port St. Lucie. Since then, I have been appointed to the St. Lucie County Cultural Affairs Board and the Port St. Lucie Public Art Advisory board for Art in Public Places. I currently teach as a private art instructor in my home studio, and occasionally lecture to various art groups in Florida. I have been a member of the Society of Animal Artists for many years.