I was born in Nashville, Tennessee on July 4, 1952. I spent a rather idyllic childhood living in the country near Macon, Georgia where I started drawing at about the age of seven, got my first oil painting set at about ten, and some time in-between, first saw an exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s engineering exploits. I was sold; I wanted to be an artist and thinker.
During high school, I attended a college preparatory boarding school with an extensive art program and was able to pursue my interest in art, including painting. From there, I went to Oklahoma City University where I majored in art and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1974. While there, I also met my soon-to-be wife, Cindy, and two years after graduating, we moved to Portland, Oregon. In 1979, I took a side trip to the University of Idaho where I was granted a teaching assistantship and, in 1981, received a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in painting and printmaking. Cindy and I have lived in Portland ever since, with the exception of four years when I taught at the now defunct St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. I have been an actively producing painter since 1974.
In 1985, I began teaching painting and drawing in the Continuing Education program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and, in 1987, basic design, drawing and painting at Mt. Hood Community College. I taught at the PNCA until 2011 and until 2018 at MHCC when I retired. Altogether, I taught at the PNCA for twenty years and at MHCC for twenty-seven. I continue to paint.