pdf Artist's Statements
Originally from Palo Alto, California, I have been a Michigan based painter for over twenty-five years. In California I worked half-time as a graphic designer/illustrator, and half-time as a painter. As I became more viable as a painter I quit working as a designer and illustrator. Eventually moving to Michigan I became a full-time Assistant and Associate Professor at Kendall College of Art and Design, where I was also the Chair of Design Studies.
In 1996 I moved to Grand Valley State University to create an Illustration program. At GVSU I was a Full Professor and the coordinator of Illustration until my retirement at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. While at GVSU I taught drawing, color and design, figure painting and all levels of illustration. I am currently a full-time painter concentrating on landscapes.
As a professional painter for over forty years I've participated in numerous artist-in-residencies and have a great deal of experience working with clients on commissions. My work is represented in many public and private collections.
Selectied Public Collections
Grand Rapids Comunity Foundation
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