Artist Statement
My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them; to discover beauty in unexpected as well as familiar places.  I want my subject matter  to resonate with color and light to achieve an energetic, vibrant, dramatic painting. 

At the age of 55, I decided to try painting as a hobby.  It was love at first brushstroke. Although I have had no formal training, to say that I am "self taught" would be a stretch, since I have accumulated a library of  books and lessons by many of the best artists and instructors available. My style could be defined as Realism with a touch of Impressionism.  I try to capture the natural beauty that surrounds us, especially of New York State and MA.

Surprisingly winning an award in my first competition encouraged me to continue to learn and improve my skills.  Since then, my work has won over 80 awards in numerous local, national, and international art shows/competitions, including 5 Best of Show and 13 First Place Awards.   During my continued development as an artist,  I have been influenced by  the work of the Hudson River School,  John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and modern masters Richard Schmid and Scott Burdick. 

Selected Awards:

Outstanding          2019 VIEW Central Adirondack Art Show
Landscape Award
Master’s Division 2019 VIEW Central Adirondack Art Show (3rd Place)
Best of Show:       2018 - Central New York (CNY) Art Guild Spring Show
Best of Show:       2018 - Lakeside/Statewide at Art Assoc. of Oswego
Best of Show:       2017- CNY Spring Show
Master’s Division 2016 - VIEW Central Adirondack Art Show 
1st Place:               2016 - CNY Fall Show
Signature Status  2016 - International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP)
2nd Place:             2015 - CNY Art Show
1st Place:               2013 - CNY Spring Show
Special Award:     2013 - Rome Art Center
1st Place                2012 -  VIEW Central Adirondack Art Show
1st Place:               2012 - New York State Fair
2003 - 2018— Over 60 additional awards, including 9 First Place and 2 Best of Show

Selected Solo and Group Shows:
2019 -- Upstate Cancer Center, Syracuse, NY  
2018 -- Old Forge Library
2017 -- Guest Artist: Gallery 3040, Old Forge, NY 
2017 -- Oswego Library, Oswego, NY 
2011- 2016 -- Lakeside Artisans, Oswego, NY (group)
2012 -- Oswego Library
2008 -- Art Association of Oswego

International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP)  Signature Member
American Impressionist Society (AIS)
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Sciety (NOAPS) 
CNY Art Guild
VIEW (Old Forge Art Guild)
Fulton Art Association

Related Achievements
In 2010, won the $25,000, Next Great Idea, Business Plan Contest to finance the founding of an Artists Co-op in Oswego, NY,  for which I served as Pres./Business Mgr. for 6 years, until retiring in 2017.