b. 1952, Wadsworth, OH
1972 BFA, Kent State University, Kent, OH
1975 MFA, Kent State University, Kent, OH
"Sublime colorist like Courbet, Cezanne, Monet, and Matisse have shaped my sensibilities; more contemporary painters like Fairfield Porter and Rackstraw Downes have revealed the subtlety of tonalities. I am drawn to nearly any color experience in paintings that I can add to my understanding and utilization of color in my own work and assist my interpretation of nature. My inspiration has always been light and space and my ever-changing response to the medium itself as I draw or paint from someplace familiar (e.g. my father's farm in Medina, OH) and search for something unfamiliar. The work also functions personally as self-portraits since I am working from familiar grounds, constantly reexamining my personal relationship to the land. Whether focusing in or zooming out, I am aware that I have been here before but trying to inevitably lose myself in the area and see it anew."