Two things have always dominated my life - a passion to create, and a love of the outdoors. I grew up in rural Long Island, New York, exploring the surrounding woodlands and developing a curiosity for the natural world. That curiosity stuck with me as I grew older and eventually led to a college degree in Biology.
Also from a very early age, I liked to create, and drawing - a trait I inherited from my dad, seemed to satisfy that yearning. I put it to good use in college, where I did freelance work preparing scientific illustrations.
After college I spent a brief time as a technical illustrator but still longed for the outdoors and for more freedom to create. After moving to Florida a chance and very serendipitous meeting provided me with the opportunity of a lifetime. I was offered a position as Designer and Head Gardener of a large country estate in north central Florida. There, I was fortunate enough to be able to combine my love of nature with my passion for creativity, and designed gardens for the next thirty two years.
My work allowed me to travel frequently and it was through those travels that I discovered the wealth of beautiful gardens, architecture and incredible natural beauty in the Southeast United States. I took countless photos and committed to memory as much of that beauty as I could, hoping to use those images and the emotions they created to improve the gardens I loved and worked in.
Many years later, as I neared retirement, the passion to create was still everpresent. I contemplated satisfying that passion by painting scenes of both natural and man made beauty, Architecture and Gardens, Botanicals and Florals, subjects I had been so closely associated with all my working life, and to put as much realism into my work as possible while retaining a painted quality.
My medium of choice is colored pencil. It is a meticulous medium, allowing for great detail but requiring large expenditures of time building up layer upon layer of color. I find that colored pencil draws me into the world I am creating, exploring every detail and nuance, appreciating every aspect. Recently Iíve begun to incorporate watercolor into my paintings. It is a medium Iíve long admired and I use it in the same way as I do colored pencil, by building up layers of color gradually.
My Architectural Renderings reflect my love of historic homes and neighborhoods, while my Home Portrait Art is meant to capture the relationship of the site to its owner and caretaker, to reflect the pride and emotion attached to its creation ownership.
The Botanical and Horticultural Art that I create depict plants in their natural environments as well as cultivated plants in a Garden settings.