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I often start a seminar with these words:
'I am the most famous person you've never heard of.'
That's because as a nationally recognized TV Commercial director and cinematographer for three decades, there have been hundreds-of-thousands of people who have viewed my work, but do not know my name.
If you remember Juan Valdez climbing the mountains of Colorbia, the smiling couples of Close-up toothpaste, Irish Spring 'Double deodorant soap', and hundreds of other national spots and films including McDonalds, Burger King, AT&T, GE, Schweppes and many of the Time/Warner magazine, CD and book sales - then I have impressed these images on your sub-conscious, among many, many others.
While my initial interest in art was still photography (I was a commercial still guy for eight years) with covers on McCalls, and many spreads in GQ, Ingenue, Glamour and Vogue, I was always intrigued by 'fine art' and original paintings.
I studied oil and acrylic at the prestigious Cooper Union, in NYC, but left my art behind to work on my commercial career.
In the mid-nineties, I began my first steps back to conceptual art, creating a series of original images I called, 'Impressions'.
I recognized that we were at the new 'turn of the century' and began to document the everyday artifacts of our culture as we evolved from small towns with community squares, to the mall-centric way of life that has now replaced them. Many of the shops and scenes that I captured have been destroyed - gone forever - except in the scenes I painted. I had shows in the Hudson Valley, Peekskill and even TV interviews based in NYC. But the responsibilites of family, and the lure of large scale film production kept me away from my painted art.
In 2001, having won nearly a hundred national awards for films of various kinds (including the Clio), I left NYC and moved south to Florida. Here I began a new series of paintings on the Florida Cowboys, which were included in and accompanied my multi-award winning feature, 'Cracker - the last cowboys of Florida' ( www.CrackerCowboys.com ). I stayed with this course of study for years, and in 2013, was recognized by the National Cattlemen's Association, as the Artist of the Year - 2013. My work had evolved through the years to a more complex and detailed format of painting, but my documentation of what was happening around me, stayed the same.
There are over a thousand prints of my work currently hanging in homes around the country, and dozens of my original works of art, as well.
I have priced my FineArtAmerica work at a low price so that thousands more can afford to have these very real observations of our lives.