Raised in Chicago, art was an early passion of mine. My mother saw the interest and talent and sent me to night school as their youngest student, then to private lessons. During school I expanded to portraits, landscapes and some jewelry just for good measure. My first job was creating technical art for a silkscreen company. In the 90’s I found I wanted to be more creative and was lucky to find a job working for a greeting card company, where I spent twenty-five years and moved up to Art Director. Recently, the business closed so I switched to freelance art. My favorite artist is Monet, but I enjoy many mediums and styles, tightly realistic and loosely abstract. Much of my work is influenced by my childhood. The cars and trains come from spending time with my grandfather riding / playing with trains and rebuilding antique cars -- which I see as artwork as well. I set up my first salt water fish tank with my dad and most of my marine artwork is inspired by my tank. I am drawn to nature and the ocean. Since moving to Florida’s coast in 2013, I am at the beach often. Spending time with my wife and daughter, the loves of my life, is my biggest joy.