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About the Artist
Foothill Junior College, Los Altos, California
Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, California, Advertising Design and Illustration
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, MFA in Painting
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
Battle Creek Art Center
Appalachian State University
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Spectrum Health, Michigan
Catholic Social Services of West Michigan
Peru State College
Grand Valley State University
The State of Oregon
Sojurner Truth Institute, Battle Creek, MI
State of Missouri
Texas State University
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