After receiving a Associate of Arts degree in Advertising/Design from the American Academy of Art, I've had a successful career as a storyboard illustrator working on staff at Draft FCB and Ogilvy & Mather, two of Chicago's largest advertising agencies. Pursuing my love of painting, I studied with Scott Burdick, Dan Gerhartz, Romel De La Torreand Richard Schmid.
Based in Chicago, I express the natural beauty I see in the world around me through my handling of materials such as oil paint, pastels and charcoal. My landscapes, still life, figurative, and portrait work offer a fresh and seemingly effortless symphony of color.
I strive to achieve the overpowering beauty of the artists I admire such as Nicolai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and Anders Zorn. I push myself with every painting to create art that will do the same, inspiring young artists, and individuals, as these masters have done for me.
First Place in the Chicago Pastel Painters Members Show
Wallace Award of Excellence in the Chicago Pastel Painters National Competition
Honorable Mention in the Cedarburg Plein Air Competition
Best of Show in the Crabtree Nature Center Plein Air Competition
Best of Show in the Senior Artists Network Exhibit at the South Shore Cultural Center
Best of Show in the Senior Artists Network "Later Impressions" Exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center
Award of Excellence from the Sierra Pastel Society's International Exhibition held in El Dorado Hills,California
I am a member of:
-The American Impressionist Society
-Master member of Chicago Pastel Painters
-Oil Painters of America
-Pastel Society of America
-Portrait Society of America
-Skokie Art Guild
I am currently represented by River's End Gallery in Elm Grove Wisconsin