When I was young I wanted to be an explorer.
I never made it to those places I was fascinated by: Madagascar, Baffin Island, Inner Mongolia, Africa, the Amazon and Tierra del Fuego.
But my life through its twists and turns, has been a life of different explorations, different careers.
I started art relatively late (turning 30). I drew a lot when I was a child and admired my mother for her portraits. I had grown up in the Chicago area, entered and left the Catholic Seminary, went to university in St.Louis, Missouri. Trained as a geologist, I tried that field, but moved on to other things. I tried various types of work, all kinds of work. As I changed jobs, I changed locations. I lived in various places all over the US, Michigan, Missouri, Washington, Arizona, Montana, California and British Columbia. When I went through a divorce, I moved to Colorado where I started my art career at the University of Colorado, Denver. I wanted a new beginning and found it in art.
With my new girlfriend I moved to Massachusetts, then Maine. During the period living on the East Coast, my girlfriend became my wife and my daughter came to live with us at 8 yr. old. During that period I worked hard at painting, trying various media such as oils, acrylic, gouache, mixed media, encaustics. I made my money as a food server and/or art model. I had some success, being shown in galleries and museums in Maine. In 1986, we moved with our daughter to California continuing on my art making and working as a food server. For a short time I had a studio in downtown San Diego, showed in Old Town in San Diego, had a couple of agents. After a few years, when I was in my 40’s, I realized that I needed to find another form of work to support myself. I went back to grad school at San Diego State Univ in the grad program in geography, specializing in GIS (geographic information systems) and remote sensing interpretation. I got a professional GIS Analyst job in Redding, Ca, worked for them for 11 years, then began working as an independent GIS Analyst up to the present.
In 1993 my wife, daughter and I moved to Redding, Ca. so I could start work as a GIS Analyst. While working in GIS I had to make many maps on the computer. I got interested in digital media, such as digital painting, landscape visualization, 3D work and digital work in general. Over the next 15 years I continued working in GIS, but also kept my my interest in digital media and art.
In 2013, still working independently as a GIS Analyst,but semi-retired, my wife and I moved to Chico, Ca. Re-entering the art world, I enrolled in ceramics, printmaking and digital media at CSU Chico. Since then I have been reshaping my life to once again be the artist I was when I was younger.
Now in 2015, I want people to see my art, both in traditional media and in digital media. I am free to pursue my art freely since becoming semi-retired.