I am primarily a landscape artist, although I enjoy painting many different subjects including portraits and figurative, animals, still life, rural landscapes, boats, and urban scenes. I think my work differs from that of other artists because of the influence and instruction I received from my father. As a child, I loved to sit and watch him work on his illustrations, and would often pose for him. He would let me look through his art books and by the time I was a teenager, we had long discussions on art and artists. He showed me the works of master artists Degas, Lautrec, Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn (to name a few). Frequent visits to the Art Institute provided me the opportunity to study these and other great painters. This strong foundation in drawing and painting, and exploring the works of fine art masters has been the most important element in my journey and quest to becoming a “painter of life”.