I grew up only a short distance from my current home in Damariscotta in the small town of Boothbay Harbor.Born to a fashion illustrator and a merchant mariner, and having two grandparents who were artists for The New Yorker magazine, I was exposed to art at an early age. While attending Bowdoin College, I was fortunate to study under the painters Thomas Cornell, N.A., Ann Lofquist, Anne Harris, and Jim Phalen and early on decided to pursue art as a career.
I believe that a painting goes beyond it's depicted image and that quality is reflected as much in the exploration of materials and processes used to make a painting as the style or technique used to paint it. My painting philosophy is a mixture of traditional and contemporary ideas.I am a great admirer of the techniques of the Old Masters, and try to employ as many traditional methods in the creation of my work as I can.On the other hand, I cite as influences such contemporary masters as Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, and Jamie Wyeth. I have always been enamored with popular culture and it’s associated imagery, and am particularly interested in the seen and unseen effects of our human presence in the natural world.