The beauty of the natural world. Looking closely at nature creates an awareness of the divine for me, a sense of harmony, renewal and peace that I try to share with my viewers I'm inspired by nature, and the color of the world around us, reflectioins, textures, God's creations and how they are woven together.

I enjoy equally "plein air" painting and "studio" painting. I paint to celebrate life. It's the fulfillment of my day. I'm uplifted and that makes me happy. I've spent a lifetime observing nature and the way light and atmosphere affect the landscape and objects. I work to translate my love of nature to each viewer. I want the viewer to see and feel the emotion that went into every stroke. They are as much a part of the composition and colors that I choose. After years of "putting paint to the canvas"  I view the painting with a more discerning eye.  I've down-sized the amount of colors on my palette. I won't add a color unless I crave a  certain color. I find limiting the palette offers me enjoyment and new challenges,

I currently live in Gahanna, Ohio. I have lived in the Columbus area since 1978. I grew up in a small rural town near Pittsburgh. From an early age I have had a love of expressing himself through art. Even in the U.S. Air Force, I had an outlet for my creative side, working several years as a graphic artist. Afterwards, I enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where I received my degree. During the succeeding years I pursued a career in advertising and advertising art. I continued developing my appreciation of fine art through reading and traveling to local and national exhibits. After vacationing in Northern New Mexico, Southern France, Paris and Monet's Giverny, I was inspired to put my brush to paint. I have developed an impressionist expressive style. My paintings allow colors to show through along broken strokes of impasto. Often choosing landscapes, I strive to create harmony with colors inspired by nature's hues.

In addition to representation by Art Access Gallery, my work has been exhibited at the Springfield Museum of Art and the Zanesville Art Museum. I have also exhibited with several art organizations around Ohio and have won numerous awards and many of them Best of Show.


Best of Show GAAL Spring Exhibit 2019

1st Place Mill Run Exhibit 2018
3rd Place & People's Choice, McConnell Arts Center  Exhibit 2012
Honorable Mention, Whites Mill Challenge Sep 2010
1st Place, Ohio Plein Air Society September 2009
Best of Show, Ohio Plein Air Society November 2008
Honorable Mention, Ohio Plein Air Society 3-Day Weekend Paint Out Comeptition September 2008
Honorable Mention, Worthington Art League Fall Exhibit November 2007
First Place, Worthington Area Art League's Spring Exhibit, April 22, 2007
Merit Award, Worthington Art League Spring Exhibit March 2006
Honorable Mention, Ohio Plein Air Society, Mill Run Society Mill Run Exhibit, Nov. 14, 2005
Honorable Mention, Worthington Art League Fall Show, Oct. 30, 2005
Honorable Mention, Ohio Plein Air Society 2nd Annual
Painting Competition, Nelsonville, Ohio Sept. 25, 2005
1st Place, Ohio Plein Air Society's Glen Helen Exhibit, Yellow Springs, OH, Sept. 2005
Best of Show, Ohio Plein Air Society's Winter Exhibit, Feb. 2005
1st Place, Worthington Art League, Nov 04
2nd Honorable Mention, OPAS Open Plein Air Competition, Nelsonville, OH Sep 04
Best of Show, Worthington Art League, April 04
2nd Place, Explosion of Color, Worthington Art League, Mar.04
First Place, Winter Carnival, Westerville Art League, Feb 04
Honorable Mention, Spring Exhibit 03, Westerville Art League
Honorable Mention, Fall Exhibition, Worthington Area Art League, Oct 02
People's Choice Award, Fall Exhibition, Worthington Area Art League
2 Merit Awards for photography at Michelle's Gallery exhibit.
A Merit Award at the Art League Invitional at the Schumacher Gallery.
A Merit Award at the Anthem Gallery Spring Exhibit.
A 2nd Place Award at the Anthem Gallery Spring Exhibit


Springfield Museum 2018

Art Access Gallery, 2018

Art Access Gallery 2017

 Columbus Museum of Art, 2017 Springfield Museum of Art 2017 Springfield Museum of Art 2015
Riffe Gallery, Group Exhibit 2011 (only 16 Ohio artists invited to exhibit)
Springfield Museum of Art, Group Exhibit 2010
Art Access Gallery, Group Exhibit 2010
Zamesville Art Museum Group Exhibit 2009
Springfield Art Museum, Group Exhibit 2008
Vorys Gallery - One Man Show - 2007
Schumacher Gallery Capital University - Juried Ohio Plein Air Society Exhibit, Mar 2006
German Village Society "The Village Seen" Nov. 2005
Soho Gallery, Group shows, 2003,2004
Studio 4, Nelsonville, Oh 2004 Group Show
Michael Orr Gallery, 2-man show, 2003
Gallery 202 - 2 person show - 1999
Gallery 202 - Group shows - 2000,2001
Image Optical - One man shows - 2000,2003,2006,2007
Schumacher Gallery Capital University - Juried Invitation - 2000,2002
Schumacher Gallery Capital University - Open Juried Watermedia - 2002
Schumacher Gallery Capital University Juried The Painted Surface - 2001
Innswood Metro Gardens - 2 person show - 2000
High Road Gallery - Group shows - 2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007
Worthington Art League - Juried Fall Shows - 2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
Worthington Art League - Juried Spring Show - 2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2007,2008,2009,2010
Westerville Art League - Juried Spring Show - 1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005
Westerville Art League - Accent on Art Gallery Show/Dublin,
2003Westerville Art League - High Road Gallery Shows 2000,2004
High Road Gallery Show - Go Figure, Celebration of the Body, 2004
Motorist Insurance Gallery - Group Show - 2000,2003,2004,2005
Burgess Niple Gallery - Group Shows - 1999,2001,
LeVeque Tower Gallery - Group Shows - 2001,2002,2003,2004
Upper Arlington Library - Group Show - 2001
ExecuTrain - One man show - 2002
Goodman Gallery - 1999
Grabner Gallery - 2000
Perryopolis Historical Museum
Michelle's Gallery - Group show -2000
Michelle's Gallery - Group photography show - 2002

Coppertop Gallery, Loundenville, OH
Rocky Boot Corporate Headquarters, Nelsonville, OH
Coldwell Banker King Thompson, Westerville, OH

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Shown in April 2005,
working on the painting below at John Daniel's studio,
on the east side of Hoover Reservoir, Westerville, Ohio.

Plein Air painting 6 1/2" x 12" Oil on masonite.