At the risk of revealing my age, I can say that my interest in art dates back to my grade school years when I created pencil-on-paper drawings of “The Beatles” performing. Later -- in 7th-grade art class in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania city schools -- my art teacher admired a painting of mine titled “City of Bridges” … Pittsburgh, with its three rivers, being that city of bridges. After college – followed by a 30-year career with the federal government – I decided to return to my artistic roots. I completed various art classes in painting and sculpture offered by the Montgomery County Maryland and City of Gaithersburg Recreation Departments. Since joining the Maryland Federation of Art in 2019 I have had seven works of art selected for various shows over the 2019-2022 time period. One of those shows was at the Waverly Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland where I was presented an “Honorable Mention” award for my pasta sculpture titled “Elbow Room.” The work -- which features elbow macaroni and spaghetti, along with other pasta – was cited in a review of the show in the Washington Post newspaper as being a “whimsical” work of art.
My interest in hiking and the outdoors provided inspiration for my earliest works of art which consisted of a variety of oil on canvas paintings that can best be labeled as “landscapes.” More recently my art has become decidedly more unconventional. If I were to choose a single word that describes my current philosophy and intent as an artist, that word would be “quirky” … with “quirky” defined as “unusual in an especially interesting or appealing way.” The pasta sculpture discussed in my biography is one example. Another example is my effort to use wine as a medium for “painting” versus using actual paint itself…. Yes, wine…. I am not quite sure how I got on to the idea, but there is at least one Italian artist working in that medium. One of my wine “paintings” titled “Fermenting Storm” was selected for a previous City of Gaithersburg show at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. More recently I began creating some quirky or offbeat 3-D works that feature natural tree remnants, and I am starting work on other “sculptures” consisting of recycled paper and plastics.