I love to paint the Chesapeake Bay.....boats, old barns and rusting buildings. My paintings reflect regional splendors from the Chesapeake Bay to country buildings, which can be found scattered in small towns in Maryland, Virginia and other National and International locations. I love to paint compositions of rural old things, buildings that are crooked, Victorian homes, and old work boats with rust...they all capture my attention. My affinity for the Chesapeake bay watermen, their environment and the trade they ply seems so familiar. I feel like I’ve been there before; it feels so natural to me. Armed with my camera, I take countless photographs of what I find, composing paintings in the viewfinder of the camera. I paint places and things that could be anywhere as well as spots that are clearly recognizable, such as the Hooper Strait Lighthouse in St. Michael’s Maryland or other such vacation landmarks.
When showing my artwork, I like to feel the viewer’s connection to my art. I find myself talking to people who recognize one of my pieces and I get the opportunity to ask them about it or of the area. Their memories of the subject or area I’ve painted fill in the details for me; like who built or owned a particular building or certain boat. It gives more meaning to the actual painting. It's important for me to establish an interaction with the viewers of my work.
I began painting in 1974 while serving in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, I attended College where I studied Painting, Drawing, and Design. I painted in oils for approximately 10 years, and later studied watercolor under Simi Bhandari, an accomplished watercolorist from India. I have painted in watercolors for over 30 years and have sold to collectors in the United States and abroad. I am inspired primarily by American Artist, Winslow Homer.
I am currently a member of the Muddy Creek Artists Guild in Edgewater, Maryland and the Annapolis Arts Alliance of Annapolis, Maryland. My Studio is located in Edgewater, Maryland.
Some of the shows I have participated in include the following:
Open Studio Tour; Edgewater, MD
Semi Annual Muddy Creek Artist Guild Shows; South AA County MD
Art Gallery of Fells Point, Featured Artist; Fells Point, MD
25th Annual Decoy and Wildlife Arts Festival; Havre De Grace, MD
Art and Craft Show, Havre De Grace, MD (3rd Place in Show)
Seaside Boat Show; Ocean City, MD
Annapolis Marine Art Gallery; Annapolis, MD
Deck the Halls Exhibition, Hughes; Germantown, MD
Autumn Art Show, Phillips Art and Framing; Germantown, MD
Artist's Exhibition and Soiree; Germantown, MD
Fall-fest of Fine Arts; Ocean City, MD
Neptune Arts Festival; Virginia Beach, Virginia (Juried)
Annual Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival; Ocean City, MD (Juried)
Phillips Art & Framing; Germantown Commons, MD
Potomac Country House Tour & Art show; Potomac, MD
1st Mariner Bank; Annapolis, MD
Art Expressions Gallery; North Potomac, MD (Juried)
International Boardwalk Art Show; Virginia Beach, VA; (Juried)
Garden Tour and Art Show; Kentlands, MD; (Juried)
Semiannual Art Shows; Art League of Germantown; Germantown, MD
The Art League; Torpedo Factory, Old Town Alex., VA; (Juried)