1968: BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in Illustrations and minor in printmaking
1969: MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in Art Education.
1969-2001 Visual Arts Teacher: Geneseo Central School, Geneseo, NY. High School Studio Arts, Art History, Photography
2005-Present: Graphic Design and photography volunteer work for the Knights of Columbus Council 11411, Rochester, NY. Designed pamphlets, posters, print ads, tickets, newsletters, email communications.
2015-Present: Creating Digital Art
Presently doing plein air and studio work with acrylics on canvas board and stretched canvas
After creating digital paintings for the past five years I have returned to painting with acrylics on canvas board or stretched canvas. I started painting with acylics back in the 60s. Plein air has recently become of interest to me and so I have started moving outdoors as well as doing studio work.
Travel snap shots from my childhood greatly interest me. I love revisiting, through my dad's slides, places I visited and experiences I had with my mother and father as I was growing up.
Dad probably had no idea how much his thousands of slides would come to mean to me.
My father was an amature photographer who worked for Eastman Kodak and belonged to the camera club there. Every summer we took a two week road trip up into the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, New England, through the Middle Atlantic States and around the Great Lakes. Historical places and scenic lanscapes were of high interest to them and this influenced my academic and artistic development.
Dad's way of seeing, which was very tradtional, formed my artistic vision. The subjects he chose to photograph and how he composed them, became my own in my adult years.
My own travels as an adult are also resources for many of my subjects.
The same kinds of subjects show up in my digital painting which I started doing in 2015.
My painting technique is essentially the same whether it is acrylic or digital. It is difficult to tell the difference standing a few feet away.
In my digital "paintings" I create images using a digital sketch pad plugged into a computer so that it will interact with a painting software program. As I move a stylus acoss the surface of the pad corresponding strokes and colors appear on the computer screen.
The software program I use offers a variety of virtual tools and brushes that can be used. I most often use the "oil" brush. A full spectrum of virtual colors in a large range of tones and intensities are available. I merely touch the virtual brush to the virtual color and begin "painting" in that color. To change color I touch a different color in the palette that is represented on the screen.
With digital "painting" there is nothing to hang on a wall when I have finished. The painting is on the hard disk of a computer. There are only two ways to view such images: (1) on a computer screen/monitor or (2) as a print-out of the digital image. I have the files professionally printed and framed for the purposes of display and sales.
Each print is individually signed and is accompanied by documentation of originality. Editions are limited to a maximum of three or five; no more than 3 or 5 prints of that image -at that size- are produced.