the magic reality
of American expressionist painter and novelist,
Two years at Indianapolis' John Herron Art, where I had the good fortune to work with great instructors and artists like Loren Dunlap and Bill Crutchfield, resulted in a scholarship to Tulane University's Sophie Newcomb in New Orleans.
The abstract expressionists were all the rage in the art world then; DeKooning and that crowd. (Abstract expressionist, Helen Frankenthaler, was one of my instructors at Tulane.) My work became more painterly and less representational over the next few years under these influences.
After Tulane I was selected to assist Loren Dunlap on the Owenite restoration Project in New Harmony, Indiana and was an adviser and instructor for the Blaffer Foundation Art Project that followed.
I came to the Hawaiian Island of Maui by chance in the summer of nineteen seventy eight. I found the laid-back attitude prevalent on the island then appealing from the start - that and the almost immediate beginning of what would be a long affiliation with Lynn Shue and her Village Gallery convinced me to stay. Maui has remained home to this day. Since the summer of 2014 I have also been living in Arizona and working from my studio there.
(For those familiar with the Kihei/Wailea area of Maui, for ten years, beginning in 1980, I owned 'The Maui Outrigger', a favorite hangout and beachside restaurant on Keawakapu, and until 2015 I had a great little dive bar in Kihei, 'Kahale Beach Club', where I occasionally took a break from the studio for refreshment with an assortment of my favorite bar flies or just sat on the lanai and watched the whales play.)
Signed copies of my new surreal fantasy novel, 'Einstein in Flamingoland', available only here now.
My paintings are in private and public collections across the USA, Europe and Japan. They are included in the public collections of the Houston Museum of Art, Tulane University, The Blaffer Foundation Collection, and the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts. Jury selections of note include The Illinois Artist's Exhibition at the Chicago Art Institute and three Indiana Artist's Annual Exhibitions. More than twenty pieces have been accepted by jury to the prestigious Annual Art Maui Exhibitions. I was one of only four painters selected for the first two editions of Hawaii's Schaefer Portrait Challenge and one of the eleven artists invited to be part of the singular 'Witness to Time' exhibition in conjunction with the art of Edward Bailey, the Bailey House Museum, and the Schaefer International Gallery of Art.