I was born in Newark, NJ in 1948, and grew up in various towns in New Jersey, New York, and finally Richmond, Virginia, where I graduated from high school.  Although I had been taking art lessons since the second grade, I ended up majoring in English at Franconia College, Franconia, NH (BA, 1970).  As part of my undergraduate studies, I studied at the School for Foreigners at the University of Florence for a year-and-a-half, studying Italian and Italian literature, and then wrote my senior thesis on Dante’s La Vita Nuova.

After graduation I went to New York where I took up silkscreening and photography.  Later I moved to Bennington, VT, where I opened a silkscreen shop and become active in the arts community there.  In 1979, I returned to school, enrolling at the Clark Art Institute-Williams College, earning a masters degree in art history with an emphasis in medieval art.

I then returned to New York where I took a job as gallery lecturer at The Cloisters, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum, and later enrolled at City University of New York in their art history program.  After finishing the course work for the Ph.D., I moved to Florida to take the job of curator of education at the Norton Art Gallery in West Palm Beach.

In 1991 I moved to Little Rock to take the job of curator of art at The Arkansas Arts Center.  I remained there until 1997, when I began writing my dissertation on the Taos, New Mexico artist Emil Bisttram, for which I received the Ph.D. in 2000.  Afterwards I taught at Arkansas colleges including Pulaski Tech, UAPB, UCA, and Hendrix.

Retiring in 2004, I returned to art-making full-time, and in 2006, after exploring various subjects and mediums, I settled on the Buddhist deities as my subject.  I continued to take art classes:  the highlight was studying in Europe for a year and a half, including a year at the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art and six months studying sight-size at the Sarum Studio in Salisbury, England. Returning to Arkansas in 2015, I established a studio in North Little Rock, and in 2024 I moved my studio to Panama City, Florida, where I am currently located.  

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