Professional art memberships:
Society Of Animal Artists, signature member http://www.societyofanimalartists.com/
Greenacres Artist Guild, signature member
Masterworks for Nature
ABOUT THE ARTIST
As an artist from the Midwest (Cincinnati, Ohio) much of my work represents the landscapes and wildlife that can be found in southern Ohio. I tend to paint subjects that I see everyday either out the back door or just down the road — rural farmscapes, backyard birds, local fauna and flora. Different seasons and changing light conditions keep familiar subjects fresh and new.
I also love to travel and experience new environments. When traveling I do so with an artist's eye. I'm always looking, seeing details, and composing paintings in my head whether on a hiking, birding or a travel-adventure trip. If I wasn't an artist I wonder how well I'd see my surroundings!
Before I started painting with oils in the mid-1990s I worked in watercolor, and still do depending on the project. For me watercolor (or in combination with color pencil) works best for rendering fine details of nature illustrations. I am involved with a number of nature conservation groups and create art pieces to help educate people about the wonder of nature diversity.
I should mention that I've been a student of natural history for as long as I can remember, learning the local plants and animal species, and how everything is interconnected. After completing my biology BS degree from Northern Kentucky University I worked in pharmaceutical research for several years. Eventually my nature and art interests converged at Cincinnati Nature Center where I was the Artist & Exhibits Manager for 19 years, designing and illustrating the Center's publications and interpretive exhibits. It was during that time I really honed my art and naturalist skills. I now create art from my home studio in Batavia, Ohio and continue my studies of planet Earth.