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My studio and home are situated on a park-like setting of a 19th century Greek Revival farmhouse. Come visit my eclectic studio filled with plein air oil paintings.
I am a true plein Air artist who creates my paintings from my mobile studio—a minivan—using the steering wheel as my easel. Working quickly, I capture the moment, with strokes that are confidently applied. The results are fresh, bold impressionistic canvases. My use of colors appears extreme and brilliant, bordering on surreal upon close inspection. They are strong and very intense without being unrealistic. I tend towards realism, then tweak up the colors.
I’ve always been an artist, pursuing my talent in an unconventional way since childhood. I was born in Mexico City in 1954 and grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
In 1978, I enlisted in the army, serving as a helicopter pilot. During my military career, I was stationed at various bases around the world. I painted as a way to record my personal experiences.
My work today reflects the images and people I encounter in my travels –a provocative, unconscious synthesis of disparate characters and themes that is best described as a combination of realism and high-energy expressionism. I am inspired by the work of Winslow Homer and George Bellows.