Since early childhood I have had a passion for art. Whatever free time I had was spent with crayons and paper. That artistic passion continued to grow and flourish and I attended Ohio University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts with a focus in the areas of painting, drawing, and photography. I was then offered a scholarship to the Columbus College of Art and Design where I studied Advertising and Illustration. Arnold Gassan, Ron Kroutel, Gary Pettigrew, Molly Alicki Corriveau, William Kortlander, and Dennis Drummond are just a few of the amazing influences during my education at O.U. and C.C.A.D.
The themes I choose to work from in my art are mostly derived from my own photographs, which are inspired by the beauty which surrounds me. My hope is to convey that same beauty to my audience through the mediums I work in. Pen and ink, graphite, and colored pencils have always been my areas of specialty and the ones with which I have had the most success.
When computers came onto the scene, I developed a fondness for digital art and graphic design. However, fine art has always been my great love and the roots upon which my artistic skills have been built. These skills have given me a great foundation and confidence in composition, design, and color with which to engage my audience in both my fine art and graphic design.
I was invited by the Ohio State University to be an instrumental part of the Brutus on Parade Project, which was designed to assist in raising funds for the renovation of the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library. In 2008, I created the very first Brutus statue for this project which celebrated the legendary Woody Hayes. This led to the creation of many other Brutus statues by myself and several other artists.
I have won many awards during my career as an artist and now share my knowledge and passion for art by instructing classes at Clark State College and offering private lessons for all ages. I also freelance in Fine Art and Graphic Design services from my home in London, Ohio.