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Oil Painting Summer Workshop-Columbus College of Art and Design, July 2005
BA Ohio State University-Philosophy
MA Ohio State University-Philosophy

Artist's Statement:

I studied art all through primary and secondary school. In college I did not take any formal art courses. I did however take a number of aesthetics courses focusing on the theory and history of art.

Beginning in 1985 I returned to painting, primarily in watercolor, but oil as well. I also have an extensive background in photography, and took formal courses including darkroom techniques during my high school years. A photograph of mine currently graces the 1975 Granville high school yearbook (my senior year).

In the past few years most of my work has been from the Great Lakes area and Canada specifically. I have an interest in marine landscapes and a particular focus on the large lake freighters that ply these waters. As their numbers are constantly declining due to age and other modes of transportation, I feel that it is even more important to capture these magnificent boats before many of them are gone. 

I gravitate towards the more industrial side of marine landscapes, but also paint lighthouses and sailboats as well.


Commission Work: "Canadian Olympic" March 2002

Studio Gallery, Goderich, Ontario Canada

Pine Parlour Gallery, Southampton, Ontario Canada

The Park House Inn (4 works), Goderich, Ontario Canada

Postcards for the Medina Antique Depot, Medina, Ohio


Accepted as Artist in Resident, Porphyry Island Lighthouse, August 2017.  Spent one week on Porphyry Island near Thunder Bay Ontario. They select a few artists each summer to spend time on the island painting, sketching, etc. I was there for the first week in August.  One work of art is donated to the organization's spring fundraiser.

7 Works accepted Elizabeth's Gallery, Goderich Ontario Canada for the 2 month remembrance of the 1913 Great Lakes Storm.  Sept-Nov 2013
Ad for the show can be found here!

3 works accepted in Getaway Gallery (Grandview) show, November, Dec. and January 2007.

2 works, "Peele Island Ferry" and "Debbie Lyn" (Tug) accepted for the SunUp Auction for Great Boats of Indian River, March 2006.

Honorable Mention for "At the Beach",  Treasurer Coast Competition, sponsored by the Vero Beach Art Club, Vero Beach, Florida, January 2006

Centerfold display of work in "Good Old Boat" magazine, April 2001.

1 work accepted at the Int'l Society of Marine Painters annual Juried show, Cleveland, Ohio, June 1999.  Attained Professional status with the ISMP.

1 work accepted at International Society of Marine Painters annual juried show, Camden, Maine, July 1998.

2 works accepted in the Licking County Art Association Annual Juried Show, June 1997.

"Tug and Freighter" 2nd place at Licking County Art Assn. Show, June 1997.

3 works accepted in the Licking County Art Association Annual Juried Show, June 1996.

Accepted in the Lazy Days Art Show in Grandview (Columbus Ohio), juried art fair in July 1995.

3 works accepted in the Licking County Artists Show at The Ohio State University at Newark, December 1994.


Professional Status Member: International Society of Marine Painters (NOTE: the ISMP is almost defunct)




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