I was born and raised in San Diego, growing up during the “Golden Age” of Southern California (1950”s and 60’s). I always enjoyed art projects in school, and my parents encouraged and supported artistic endeavors at home; but, I never took any classes to learn technique. During my high school and college days I actually tried painting in oil and acrylics. During the next 40+ year “intermission” I did some sketching with colored pencils and pen-and-ink, thinking that it would be fun someday to paint again.
I attended the University of California, San Diego where I majored in Physics, then drove north to Portland, Oregon in 1972 attending graduate school in Theology at Western Baptist Seminary. The beautiful Oregon Northwest has been my home ever since. My wife Kathy and I were married in 1976; I served as one of the pastors in a Church-planting endeavor for several years, and then interim pastor for another year on Sauvie Island. Our two children came along (daughter Aubrey and son Aaron) and I began a career in business. My next 30 years working in Operations began in Nike’s warehouse and transitioned into management in three Oregon start-up companies. Retiring in 2014, I have embarked on the third phase of my life.
Picking up where I left off 40 years ago, I began painting with Acrylics again in the Fall of 2014. I have always marveled at the beauty and majesty of the creation around me–whether it is laying on my back in the mountains and gazing at the Milky Way with no city lights dimming the display; standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon viewing the awesome panorama; watching birds and butterflies as they go about their industrious lives; or, venturing into the mind-bending reality of the infinitesimal limits of quantum physics which structures all we see and experience through unimaginable processes.
As I reflect on my enjoyment of art, I realized that my inspiration over the years (whether pursuing drawing, painting, photographing, or learning) has been an attempt to savor the awe that affects my soul through my surroundings. A “memory preserved” as a snapshot of some aspect of an experience! There is a feeling of giving and fulfillment in recording on canvas something that has captured the artist’s attention so that others can share his inspiration.
AWARDS: My painting “Goldfinch in an Aspen Grove” was voted the Peoples’ Choice Award in the 2015 Clackamas County Fair. It also won First Place in a North Clackamas Art Guild internal competition.
GALLERY: TRAG’s Co-Op Artists Gallery in the Singer Hill Café, Oregon City, OR.
GUILD MEMBERSHIPS: North Clackamas Art Guild (NCAG); Oregon Society of Artists (OSA); Three Rivers Art Guild (TRAG)