Being a native of California, I was raised and educated in the coastal community of Monterey. Steinbeck country! As a youth, I was always drawn to art: initially to cartooning and the dream of working at the Walt Disney Studios. While that never became a reality, which was my choice, my career did began as a graphic artist. I began working for McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, illustrating elementary educational testing material in addition to children’s books, cartoons and game boards. From McGraw-Hill, I took a position as Art Director at Brooks/Cole Publishing Company in Monterey. After close to 10 years with these firms, I struck out on my own and migrated to New England, working as a freelance graphic artist for many publishing houses.
Fine art painting was always a sideline during this period. In the early 1970s, I lived for a time in Amsterdam, Holland where I was greatly drawn and inspired to the great Dutch masters of landscape and marine painting. The landscapes I viewed like a traveler, journeying across a pathway of light and shadow, drawing me across the canvas, as though through an unexplored country. The marine paintings of Van de Velde and Turner also held special reverence to me. This has influenced my painting to this day though the subject may be modern. I also draw inspiration through my collection of maritime artifacts: Ship’s figureheads, bells and other tangible relics of the seafaring past which decorate my studio.
My canvases range from local landscapes of Cape Cod and Nantucket to maritime seascapes. Both modern-day and historical. depictions like “The Brig Pilgrim Entering Monterey Bay”. I never forget my native home of California which is also represented in my work. Finally of late, I have been drawn to the splendid scenery of Hawaii and the spectacle of the big islands volcanoes which I endeavored to capture on canvas.
One other element also influences my life was my close friendship with Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank. Though long since has passed this earthly world, he still guides my steps. I often share my relationship with Otto by speaking at schools about him, Anne Frank and the Holocaust which took her young life.