Art Education: I received a bachelor’s degree in art from Buffalo State College, where I studied painting, drawing, and graphic design. From there I took a painting workshop with Aaron Westerberg. I’ve studied instructional videos from Daniel Keys, David Kassan, Michael Klein, Cesar Santos, Casey Baugh, and Jeremy Lipking.
Style: Contemporary realism.
Creative Spark: Elements of nature and the human figure, especially under natural lighting. Almost anything can inspire me when it’s being illuminated by a sunrise or sunset.
Second-Choice Career: Definitely art conservation. Restoring, studying, and caring for old masterworks is so important for future generations.
Other Passions: Traveling, gardening, trying new foods, and spoiling my three dogs.
One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I can’t paint without a full cup of coffee. If it runs out, it doesn’t matter where I’m at in the painting, I have to stop and make more.
Best Advice Received: Never stop learning, and never wait for inspiration.
Pet Peeve: When I hear people in museums say, “That’s nothing, even
I could paint that.”
Quirkiest Trait: I’m a Harry Potter nerd. My first “portrait” painting was of Hermione Granger.
Favorite Work by Another Artist: THE ROSES OF HELIOGABALUS by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
Future Goals: An immediate goal is to do more plein-air painting. A long-term goal is to exhibit with the living masters of today, learn and take workshops from them, visit Europe, and challenge myself by competing in major art competitions.
Price Range: $500 to $3,000.
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