- giving thanks
| I would like to acknowledge my debt to
the teachers that have helped me, and thank them for the time they spent
I started studying art seriously at Immaculate Heart College, in Hollywood.
My teachers there were Detta Lange, David Meckelburg and Dick Crawford.
The style that I learned from them was fairly abstract, using flat planes
of color. Their emphasis on working from life has had a profound effect
on me. The painter that I associate with this time in my life is Jawlensky.
I spent several years painting with two childhood friends, Les Birleson and Jim
Lounsbury, in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I mostly painted landscapes, with some figure
and still lifes. I think my favorite color during this period was cadmium yellow pale.
In 1979 I was able to spend a year in France painting. I was
greatly helped in this by a family friend, Barbera Campbell, a printmaker who had moved to
France. I spent all of my time in a small part of Provence, largely in
the village of St Romain, near Avignion. It is a beautiful countryside,
with vines, olive trees and limestone cliffs. This period formed my painting style,
based on my love of French painting.
Upon return I was encouraged to attend Eastern Michigan University by one of the
professors there, James McGee. Once enrolled I was most influenced by Michial
Zahratka and Jan Field in painting. At this time I met my wife,
I lived near Woodstock, New York for a few years. This was my first chance to live
somewhere in this country that had a local painting tradition, both the Woodstock school
of the 1920's, and earlier the Hudson River school.
There I met my friend,
a painter with roots in the New York school of the 50's.
My home is now Chesterton, Indiana. We have a local art association, and a friend,
Suzie Rosso, holds life drawing sessions in her studio.
Another friend, Marge Crawford, owns the Coffee Creek Studio where my works have been
In this small town I know more artists than I ever have before. I miss the rolling
countryside of the Hudson River
Valley, but Lake Michigan and the parks in our area are beautiful.
The genisis of this site owes much to the support and encouragement I've gotten from my
life coach, Nicki Michaels.