Born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. First studied art when I was 15, at the Silvermine Arts Center in CT. Served in the Air Force 1971-1975. I fell in love with the west coast while stationed at Castle Air Force Base, CA. I took up photography and spent many hours shooting pictures in Yosemite National Park. While stationed in Germany my last two years I was able to pick back up some painting time. Graduated from Paul Smiths College, NY where I majored in Recreational Forestry. I met my wife in Albuquerque NM. We moved to Southern Oregon after I accepted a job with the USDA Forest Service. After 12 years on the Rogue River National Forest we moved to the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. For a bit over two years I was the director of Seneca Rocks Visitor Center. During most of these periods I probably didn’t pick up a paint brush for years, but instead spent time with my lovely wife raising two wonderful sons that were very proud of. In 1992, we moved to Lake City after accepting a position as Interpretive Specialist on The National Forests in Florida. In 2011, I retired with 36 years in the government. In 2013, our first and only grandchild, Lucas was born. I can’t tell you how much prettier the sun rises and sets each day because of that boy. From time to time I would get interested in painting again, but it wasn’t until 2020 that I really had a space and the right frame of mind to dive back into it, almost full-time.