Many of my paintings reflect a key facet of my art, a love affair with the Australian wilderness that dates back to the 1970’s, when I spent a year exploring the entire continent in an old Volkswagen van. The latter part of 2013 will find me back in Australia for an Artist-in-Residence program, as well as an international exchange exhibition between galleries in Las Cruces and Queenland. This exhibition will feature my recent major works from New Mexico.
Following a 26-year, defense-related career as a Marine helicopter pilot, intelligence officer, and systems analyst/project manager with SAIC, I was encouraged by an Australian art critic and others to pursue art as a professional career, starting in 2009. I was subsequently inducted as a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and have been in numerous exhibitions at national, state and local levels. I have had four solo exhibitions since 2010, one of which was selected by Veer Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Visual Arts” events of 2011. I was very active in the art community of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia until moving to New Mexico in July 2012. I was one of the founding members of the Peninsula Watercolor Society, am a Signature Member and outgoing Vice-President of the Virginia Watercolor Society, and have taught, given demonstrations, installed, and juried exhibitions in New York, Virginia, and Texas. My paintings been featured in various galleries around Las Cruces and in the Art Museum.
My artwork can be found in private, institutional, and corporate collections world-wide and I have various commissions in progress at any given time. In addition to the Outback, subjects include those from my childhood in the Caribbean, visits with close friends/artists in Denmark, and other international travels. My primary medium is watercolor, but I have worked in oil and acrylic, sculpted, designed mobiles, illustrated children’s books, and painted a large mural. I have created a range of crafts and am an avid photographer. I prefer a realistic style to reflect the natural beauty in both small and large subjects.