Meet the 2019 Wekiva Paint Out Cover Artist!
I have lived in Ormond Beach, Florida, with my wife, Linda, and our two dogs, since 1999. I was born in Burbank, California, and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. Upon earning my four- year degree in commerical art from Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia, I was recruited by Hallmark Cards. As a Hallmark artist, I created flower settings and wildlife greeting cards. I later worked some 35 years as a graphic artist at various newspapers, including the St. Petersburg Times, where I was employed for fifteen years and where a large part of my responsibility was
to illustrate the outdoors pages of the newspaper.
My artwork has been recognized throughout the United States. I was the winner of the State of Indiana upland bird contest with an acrylic painting of a wild turkey; had works selected for the Paint America National Gallery tour; designed the Florida bass fish automobile license tag; and was recently the over-all winner (June/July) for the Plein Air Magazine Salon Contest. My work is in many private and corporate collections, including the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission in Tallahassee, the College of Central Florida, Ocala, and many others.
While I take part in several favorite outdoor art shows each year, I have evolved primarily into an avid plein air painter, working solely in acrylics. I enjoy working in the Florida outdoors attempting to capture the mood and the ever-changing light that surrounds me. I also enjoy the many great conversations I have with people who stop by to view a painting in progress. In addition to my paintings, I also create various bird and fish sculptures using wire and various finishes.
When I’m not painting, I enjoy the sport of falconry. This activity puts me in the heart of nature– my favorite place to be.