I attended fine art and graphic art classes at Northern Michigan and Western Washington University after completing military service as a graphic illustrator in the United States Air Force. Over the years I have created thousands of original paintings and limited editions of local and regional subjects. My style and ideas have changed and continue to expand. Given a ‘special talent’, I am committed to creating memorable images of historical and contemporary maritime subjects plus landscape and wildlife themes.
I use many different mediums, such as gouache, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink and oil on canvas. I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style.
Motivation: My motivation and inspiration for creating various themes include, but are not limited to, requests for illustrations from industry and the military, owners of fishing vessels, tugboats and other working craft and owners of sailing vessels and related companies. I also create artwork for collectors and galleries requesting images of the Pacific Northwest landscape and wildlife. I consider myself as an applied illustrator and fine artist with a focus on listening to my customers and collectors. I continue to refine and expand my knowledge of various subjects and on methods of creating art. I enjoy the positive reaction to my artwork and continue to create images that have value and meaning to those in industry and private collectors. My work is published internationally as fine art prints on paper, canvas, metal, acrylic, and as greeting cards and calendars.