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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.  During my 50 year career as an architect I had to create within the boundaries allowed me by my clients, their budget and Building Codes.  While earning my living 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 David Taylor, Steve Rogers, Skip Lawrence, Ted Nuttall, and Mary Whyte to name a few. Locally I studied under Dick Kane, Jeanne Lindsay, g.a. Sheller and Fred Lipp while taking classes at the University of Rochester's Creative Workshop within the Memorial Art Gallery, a place I now teach.  

I retired from architecture in 2020 and now concentrate my life on making and teaching art. My teaching at the Creative Workshop runs year-round with Sring, Fall and Winter sessions, offering a wide variety classes including various levels of watercolor and drawing classes.  I also enjoy teaching watercolor workshops for art groups around New York. 

Awards and Honors:
  • 2023 Invited Society of Watercolor Artists - Venosa Afternoon

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

  • 2023 Pittsford Art Group - Award - Body of Work

  • 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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