My first meaningful experience in art came in high school when the department head in art at Pacific Union College Vernon Nye did a demonstration watercolor which piqued my interests had been science and history. I chose a career as an Emergency Physician allowing time to pursue other interests concurrently. As interest grew into passion, I studied art 6 weeks a year for the next twenty years with all the greats in watercolor of that time. Millard Sheets became a friend and mentor. George Post likewise to a smaller degree. Brief encounters with Rex Brandt, Morris Graves, Tom Nicholas, Frank Webb, and many others occurred. As my skills accrued, I was asked teach at College of the Redwoods and later Pacific Union College at the request of Mr Nye. Of course I worked it in!
Retired now from Medical career completely, I am devoting full time to painting. I enjoy teaching and receive excellent reviews in doing so, so I now teach and lead several workshops yearly in Europe as well as the USA. For many years i entered the usual competitions and rolled up over 130 such shows before discontinuing most of them which can be viewed on this site. Most notably I am Watercolor Honor Society inductee which consists of major show winners nationally. As transparent watercolor landscape plein air devotee, I also treasure my signature Transparent Watercolor Society signature membership earned many years back.
In 2013 I started up with the Mendocino Art Center, the Mendocino Open Paint Out which has grown into a major art event on the west coast in a few short years. My goal is to make Mendocino an arts destination like it was nearly 100 years back at the birth of the 'California Style' of painting. I have become of the opinion that outdoor painting is being given little notice in most of the "society" shows and this event I hope will help retain the relevance of direct outdoor work as the basis of all landscape.
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