About

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Overly Flattering Self-Portrait as Wizard – Graphite, 8×10″/20.3×25.4 cm

The Trail Goes On

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 the upper right one.

In 2011, my wife and I both quit our 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 maybe just walking to the Beitou market to buy veggies.

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