Born December 15, 1947 Minneapolis, Minnesota
My parents are both from the north side of Minneapolis. Dad was a salesman and Mom worked as a secretary. When I was a child we moved to the suburb of Robbinsdale, MN where I grew up and graduated from Robbinsdale High School in 1966.
1967-69; Attended North Hennepin Community College
At NHCC my first art teacher, Jean Loy-Swanson introduced me to art. Two years later with her help I transferred to the University of Minnesota to focus on painting. My most influential teachers there were Mario Volpe, Peter Busa, and George Morrison.
1973; Received BFA in Painting from The University of Minnesota
After graduation I continued to paint and exhibit locally in the Minneapolis area. The Suzanne Kohn Gallery in Saint Paul and Richard Halonen's ArtBank gallery in Minneapolis sold a few paintings for me. In the mid 80's I came across the photorealist work of Richard Estes. This was a big influence on me and I tried to emulate his work. By the 90's the demands of my job in graphic arts caused my painting to suffer. I spent the next 10 years learning computer graphics and photo retouching. In 2006 I was commissioned to make a painting of the "Spoonbridge" an iconic Minneapolis sculpture by Claus Oldenburg. This got me painting regularly again. In 2010 I was able to retire and concentrate on painting.