Born and raised in Marin County north of San Francisco I began to draw as a freshman at Novato high school during English class, of trees, and eyeballs. Which lead me to a beginning art class as an elective. During that first summer I was invited by a student as a guest to attend an undraped life drawing class at Marin College California. That class forced me to step out of the 15 year old high school mentality to a college maturity level of thinking about drawing. After that my high school classes never felt the same. While friends would use the art class to socialize I would be in a corner working on a project.
Frustrated with the materials in school I would solicit odd jobs of the neighbors to start buying my own paints and canvases instead of the inexpensive Acrylics paints and poster boards used in class.
This lead to self appointed art field trips: I would hitch-hike to San Francisco’s De young art museum to view a Vincent Van Gough exhibit. By the same method of travel I would frequent art galleries along Fisherman’s wharf, Mill Valley, Sausalito, and Ross Art and Garden Center, among others, viewing paintings to help inspire me with my own ideas to start a painting. During these field trips I would do drawings and watercolors sketches along the way.
My first plein air painting in my youth, which began my love for painting out doors, was on a family campout in the California Sierra Mountains. While the family was fishing and swimming I found a place among the pine trees and lake in wonderful solitude painting the landscape. Which said painting is in the possession of my daughter. After being stored in the garage for all these years. On occasion my mother who liked to paint with watercolors let me skip school and together would drive into the country someplace and paint. My father was to never know about this.
I now live in Saint George Utah still learning under Mcgarren Flack, Morgan Clements, and Del Parson,