Watercolor has been my preferred medium for more than 30 years. Early in my career, I began pushing the medium beyond the typical spontaneous, wet-on-wet approach in order to develop my own unique style. Most of my paintings focus on historical subject matter. I find portraying things of the past in a contemporary way brings that history to life and can tell a story far better than words alone.
I grew up in the Chicago area and had an early interest in military history and art. In 1982, I graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration from Northern Illinois University. I went out on my own as a fine artist.
I?ve seen many changes in the art market over the years. Collector tastes, new mediums and new approaches to old mediums and an unpredictable economy are just a few of the things that have tested my mettle. It can be a challenge to stay attuned to a constantly evolving art world, keep the work fresh and be nimble enough to incorporate the little changes that can be the difference between making a living or not making a living as an artist.
Most of the time, I feel like I do the nimble thing pretty well; sometimes it gets away from me. But there is one principle that always gives me peace of mind: I paint what I like and try to sell it instead of painting what sells and trying to like it. By having my heart in the work and keeping an open eye and mind to the world around me, I?ve been able to navigate both the good times and (as Thomas Paine would say) the times that try men?s souls.