I was born in 1961, in England, to an American father and a British mother. I spent most of my childhood in England, and moved to the U.S. permanently in 1973. I've wanted to be an artist since I was six. I grew up in suburbia, drawing trees and other doodles on the margins of my schoolwork, painting tiny sunsets on the white rocks I found in the garden, and taking photographs of those things that interested me so I could render them in graphite. I took every art class available in high school, and was fortunate enough to have supportive and open-minded parents, enthusiastic and knowledgeable school teachers, and in this climate I flourished, winning a Scholastic Art Award many times, and the Kodak Medallion of Excellence once. I graduated high school third in my class, with a few small scholarships and a great full-time job at a grocery store, and attended Central Missouri State University for a year and a half.
I got restless, quit school, quit my job, and traveled with friends for two years, learning some of the world and bartending to make a living. I began attending the Kansas City Art Institute in 1983, and graduated in 1986. It was there that I learned the responsibilities and joys of an artist. Just before graduation from college, I got married and became a father, and I discovered that fatherhood was actually as much, if not more, fun than painting. I am inordinately proud of my children, who are now 18, 22, and 31.
Searching for some stability for my children, I managed to get hired at Hallmark Cards, as an artist, in 1987. I've worked there for 30 years, drawing and painting through the day, parenting through the evening, and pursuing my paintings at night, usually after my children fall asleep. I paint virtually every night, using photographs that I take on my many exploratory day-trips throughout the Midwest for my representational work, and my imagination and color sense for the abstract work. I am fascinated by turbulent weather, and clouds in especial. I embrace living in a region of the country that enjoys manifestations of all four seasons. Autumn is my favorite, but I revel in the violent thunderstorms of early spring and late summer, too. It is Nature, her whims and color, that move me.