I have been applying myself as an artist ever since I was six years old. I always knew what I wanted to do in life…and that was to draw and paint. I was born on a farm in Barclay Township about 9 miles southwest of Osage City, Osage County, Kansas on July 28, 1935. In my earliest years I lived in rural Kansas until my mother married again for the second time in 1945. She married an Army officer and that event changed my life forever. I became an “Army brat” and a whole new life opened-up. We traveled a lot and lived on various military installations. All the while, I drew and painted things that were important to my life at the time.
My art education and training has been a combination of self-taught art, high school, college, correspondence schools, and actual experience: Formal Art Training: Colorado Springs High School Art Classes; University of Colorado at Boulder; Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Sacramento City College, Sacramento, California; Famous Artists School in Commercial Art, Illustration and Design, Westport, Connecticut On-the-Job Experience: Exhibits Specialist, Public Affairs Office, Sacramento Army Depot, Sacramento, California; Army National Guard Operating Activity Center, Edgewood, Maryland; Art Director/Vice President, Golden Graphics, Inc., Churchville, Maryland.
Following my retirement from Civil Service (Department of the Army) in October of 1990, I went through a period where I concentrated on doing watercolors exclusively, working from ou