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I have always loved the challenge of transforming a blank piece of paper into a drawing or painting with meaning and emotional ties to my vision.  The act of creating has been the theme of my life. I was educated at the University of Minnesota in the School of Architecture and Design, a school that stressed DESIGN.  While studying architecture I took many art classes, quickly learning there is DESIGN in art as well as architecture.  I continued my studies in Illustration at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  For several years I worked as a commercial illustrator making purposeful art that told a story.   While I made my living for 50 years as an architect, I continued to paint enjoying the freedom of making art without the constraints imposed by architecture. I continued to study art taking numerous classes and workshops from notable instructors both locally and nationally. On the national level I have taken workshops with Eudes Correia, David Taylor, Steve Rogers, Skip Lawrence, Ted Nuttall, and Mary Whyte to name a few. In Rochester, NY I studied under Dick Kane, Jeanne Lindsay, g.a. Sheller while taking classes at the University of Rochester's Creative Workshop within the Memorial Art Gallery, a place where, since retirement in 2020 I now teach Drawing, Watercolor Painting, and Color and Composition.  

My teaching at the Creative Workshop runs year-round with Spring, Fall and Winter sessions. I also enjoy conducting watercolor and plein air workshops for art groups around New York. Despite a busy schedule I try to paint daily and keep my imagination active by experimenting and playing; always thinking about the next painting!

Awards and Honors:
  • 2024 Solo Show at 1570 Gallery, Rochester, NY

  • 2023 Invited, American Watercolor Society - Imagined Mill

  • 2023 3rd Place Award - Yates County National Juried Show - Imagined East Street Farm

  • 2023 Jurors Award - Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society - Imagined Cove

  • 2023 Invited, Baltimore Watercolor Society Mid-Atlantic Show - Plaza Mayor Madrid

  • 2023 Invited, Northstar Watercolor Society - Imagined Mill

  • 2023 Invited Pennsylvania Watercolor Society - Imagined Maine Dock; Imagined Rural Scene

  • 2023 Invited, Green Mt./ Mad River Valley Art Watercolor - Imagined Thornell Farm

  • 2023 Invited Society of Watercolor Artists - Venosa Afternoon

  • 2023 Award for Best Body of Work - Pittsford Art Group

  • 2022 Invited Solo Show - My Sister's Gallery, Rochester, NY

  • 2022 Invited Breaking Glass Exhibition - (Showcasing Varnished Watercolor Artwork)

  • 2022 Invited Rhode Island Watercolor Society - Palace of the Marques de Dos Aguas

  • 2022 Invited Northstar Watercolor National Show - Wonder

  • 2022 Invited Green Mt. / Mad River - Wonder

  • 2022 Invited, International Watercolor Society - Varna, Bulgaria - Near St. Peter's

  • 2021 Invited, Red River Watercolor Society National - Italian Streetscape

  • 2021 Merit Award, RAC - Palace of the Marques de Dos Aguas

  • 2021 Second Place Award, Paint Pittsford - Pittsford Town Hall ca. 1921

  • 2021 Merit Award, Genesee Valley Plein Air - The Corner in Webster

  • 2020 Invited Northstar Watercolor National Show - Adirondack Sunrise

  • 2019 Selected Artist, Rochester Music Hall of Fall Event Poster

  • 2018 Invited, Northstar Watercolor National Show - Venice Gondolas

  • 2018 Invited Solo Show - Hungerford, Rochester, NY

  • 2018 Juror Award, Rochester Art Club - Rionero Vista

  • 2017 Invited, National Watercolor Society - Hudson Valley Home

  • 2017 First Place, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society - Corner Bistro 

  • 2016 Merit Award, Rochester Art Club - Long Shadow

  • 2015 Second Place, Rochester Art Club - Emma's Sunset

  • Signature Member of the Rochester Art Club - one of the oldest art clubs in the U.S. 

  • Signature Member Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society

  • Signature Member of the Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters - one of the oldest in the U.S. 

  • 2016 & 2017 Invited Artist for Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition

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