I am a native Californian. I love exploring the rugged California coastline, the fog shrouded giant redwood forests, and the gold country of the Sierra mountains. When I was a young boy, I was always drawing or painting. My father was a great influence in my artistic life, as he dabbled in pastels, pen & ink, and cartooning. There were always ample art supplies on hand. The drawing “If Not Why Not” is a portrait of my father after he survived stage 4 cancer.
When I was in grade school, I painted a poster of a smoking giraffe and a smoking rooster that was used by the US government for a national anti-smoking campaign. Because we moved a lot, I did not even know that it was selected for a couple of years.
When I was a young man, I drew a pen & ink drawing of the Lodi City Hall. One of my signed prints was later presented as a gift to Vice-President Dan Quayle by the City of Lodi.
After that, I stopped creating artwork, and for 25 years I focused on raising a family and working in information technology, communications, and computer aided drafting and mapping. I started drawing again later in my life, and I immediately won three consecutive juried art competitions. My recent artwork is graphite pencil portraits on paper. My artwork is exhibited in both public and private collections in the United States and internationally in Kofu, Japan, Lodi, Italy, and Bergen, Norway. I enjoy working quietly alone and can get lost for hours bringing a picture to life. When I begin a portrait, the face slowly rises up from the surface of the paper and takes shape. Each stroke blends shadow into light to define form. I am hopeful that my artwork shows more than just an image, and tries to captures the inner spark of life.
LIST OF AWARDS:
2013 First place, Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest Fair, Lodi, CA
2013 First place, 53rd Annual Spring Art Show Woodbridge Robert Mondavi Winery, Lodi CA
2012 First place, Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest Fair, Lodi, CA