I was introduced to art by my father Len, a graphic artist and accomplished watercolor painter. I grew up in Greensburg, PA and graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in painting and drawing. College classes first exposed me to the work of Richard Diebenkorn and Jim Dine, whose influences, along with Andrew Wyeth, became important in my approach to art.
Pursuing a career in fine art, however, took a back seat to raising a family. My wife of 25 years, Christine, and I, have two daughters: Amalie and Hannah.
I worked in the graphic arts field for 15 years, where I learned computer applications for design and composition, which became pivotal for my future work. During this time, I began creating signs on antique wood, making the lettering and graphics reflect the age of the wood. This idea came from my desire to use the existing character of the original, antique, painted surface as a canvas. I left the graphic arts world to work on vintage art full time in 2004. I have since created unique, authentic pieces for corporations such as Polo Ralph Lauren, NBC Universal, The History Channel, and Reebok. My work can also be found in historical landmarks, restaurants and homes across the United States. (and even some in the UK.)
In 2006, I was chosen to be a member of the Country Living Magazine Artists Guild. Recently, I have also returned to my roots in fine art painting. They reflect the culmination of my schooling, graphic art experience, and appreciation of period design. My work is showcased most recently in several fine art galleries in Pennsylvania.