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I was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. My educational history is as follows: Long Beach High School, School of Visual Arts, C.W.Post College, M.A. in Humanities, Hofstra University. A two year stint in the U.S.Marine Corps as a illustrator eased my entrance into civilian life as a commercial artist in N.Y.C. My teaching career of twenty five years began at the State University in Farmingdale, N.Y. and ended as a Professor of Fine Arts at Herkimer County Community College, where I was awarded The New York State Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. I now paint full time in Portland Maine where I live with my wife Sharon. I paint all subjects from portraits to landscapes but I especially love painting the sea. Last year marked the end of forty straight years of teaching workshops on Monhegan Island, Maine, I now conduct three day classes in Kennebunkport every spring and fall. My work can be seen at The Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscasset, Me., Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Me.,Camden Falls Gallery, Caamden, Me. and here in my studio in Portland. I am a signature member of The American Watercolor Society and the New York State Watercolor Society.

Friday, August 17, 2012

This 24x36 oils was inspired from a trip to Acadia. The sun was just setting and it's warm light was hitting just small portions of the breaking waves.
I had the sun in the painting for a few months then decided to take it out as it was a distraction from the focal point, which I felt was the breaking wave in the foreground.
The painting is oil on linen canvas.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Here's an example where a watercolor went wrong in areas. I use Casein to fix up areas that really went wrong. Sometimes the entire painting or almost the entire painting is done over with casein and/or tempera. In this case only Casein was used

Sunday, August 5, 2012

This is the second painting of the inside of John's Garage.
John and Barbara Schwarz were brother and sister. Neither ever married and they lived and worked the farm until they were forced to move because of their failing health. Both are gone now and while they were living I was always welcome to paint anywhere on "their place" as they called it. One day I walked into John's Garage, really a work place and was taken back by all the yellow tabacco cans. He rolled his own cigarettes. They were Top Tobacco Cans. This is a painting of his workbench.
I came upon these two young lovers in Parque Juarez in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Apparently I startled them as they quickly broke their intimate embrace. I told them I was an artist and asked them to redo the pose. As you can see the young man was somewhat willing so I took what I could get. I did a quick drawing while they agreed to pose and then went home and did this oil painting. Aside from the figures the painting was done with a palette knife.
Another Cedar Key painting. Beautiful day and a perfect spot to paint from.
The painting was done on a 16x20 Arches cold press watercolor block.
This watercolor was done from the bridge that one has to cross in order to get on Cedar Key, Florida. It's really old time Florida in every way especially the architecture.