The Trail Goes On

Self-Portrait 3/12/2019 Black and white conte on colored paper

When I was four, my family moved from Wisconsin to the Andes mountains in South America. My love for massive landscapes has never waned. After graduating from high school in Quito, Ecuador, I moved back to the Midwest, eventually going to college in Southern California. Since then, I’ve lived in every corner of the U.S. except for that one in the upper right.

In 2011, my wife and I both left successful IT careers to focus on creativity and discovery. We sold or gave away all but 43 boxes worth of stuff and moved to Taiwan, where my wife was born and raised—full circle for her, a whole new hemisphere for me! From this base, we have explored Asia, India, Europe and South Africa, discovering wonderful people and places along the way. I have had the joy of painting en plein air around the world.

My art teachers include Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo, John Constable, George Inness, J.M.W. Turner, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, as well as modern masters such as Casey Klahn, Cuong Nguyen and Matt Smith. As you can surmise, I have never met many of these teachers, though I have studied their work assiduously.

My paintings have been juried into local, regional and international shows, and some have garnered top honors. My work has been shown in the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, the Art Museum of Los Gatos, and the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California, as well as in galleries in Florida, Oregon, California and Taiwan.

When not painting or drawing, I can be found composing and recording original music, or writing a novel, short story or essay. Otherwise, I’m out somewhere hiking through the landscapes I love to paint…or just walking to the market to buy veggies.

Artist’s Statement

I am an avid explorer of the outdoors, and that experience informs and influences my creative work. I want my paintings to convey the emotions I feel in a specific place, breathing the air and taking in the surroundings. My work also explores my “Inner Visions,” scenes created within my imagination. These, too, are based on observations and my responses to both natural and man-made environments. I hope that my love of the natural world will inspire others to cherish this planet on which we live.

Experience and Exhibits

Juried Shows and Awards

2018 – Pastel Society of North Carolina “Pure Color”

2018 – China Pastel 3rd (Suzhou) Biennial Show (Third Award for “Titan”)

2017 – The Cyber Art Show (Invitational)

2015 – Taichung, Taiwan (Invitational)

2014 – Dou Liu, Taiwan (Invitational )

2011 – Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, USA – Pastel Society of the West Coast “Pastels International”

2010 – Art Museum of Los Gatos, CA, USA – Pastel Society of the West Coast “Pastels International”

2010 – Mistlin Gallery, Modesto, CA, USA – Spring Exhibition

– First and Second Place Awards, Pastel Category

2009 – Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, USA, Pastel Society of the West Coast “Pastels International”

2009 – Mistlin Gallery, Modesto, CA, USA – “Creating the Natural World”

2009 – Mistlin Gallery, Modesto, CA, USA – Spring Exhibition

– First Place and Honorable Mention, Pastel Category

– People’s Choice Award

2008 – Turlock Chamber of Commerce, Turlock, CA – Fall Exhibition

2006 – Hood River Gallery, Hood River, OR, USA – Winter Exhibition

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