Originally from central Ohio, I attended Miami University in Oxford, Oho. At Miami I majored in painting and printmaking. My history of art and architecture courses left me with a strong desire to live, travel, and study in Europe.
I enrolled in graduate school at the Ruskin School of Drawing (now Fine Art) at Oxford University, Oxford England. The Ruskin was one of the few academies that still offered classical training in drawing and painting. The school was housed in the Ashmolean Museum in the heart of medieval Oxford. My degree included the study o the history of European art and Architecture.
Summers and lengthy breaks between terms allowed ample time to travel extensively throughout the British Isles and Western Europe.
After living in England for three years and completing my degree I came to RIT where I am currently a Professor teaching in Foundations and the School of Art.
Over the years I have maintained a very active studio career and exhibited widely. Galleries and art consultants in Rochester, NY, New York City, Houston, Texas, and Carmel California have represented me. My work can be found in the collection of numerous corporation, hospitals, universities, and private individuals.
I have been Guest Artist and Lecturer at the Brooklyn Museum and the Chautauqua Institute, and guest Scholar at Shanghai Institute of Technology (now Shanghai University).
Continuing to believe that travel provides the best education I have returned to Europe a number of times and have visited Thailand and Turkey, and traveled at length in China, Indonesia, India, and Egypt.
Recently I took a group of RIT students to ACMT in Dubrovnik, Croatia to sketch, draw, and paint for a term. This included travel to several Balkan countries and Eastern Europe.