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I was born in Pennsylvania but did most of my growing up in a somewhat rural part of New Jersey close to the Delaware River. I didn’t appreciate the bucolic charm of the area when I was a kid and a lot of my drawings were fantasies to take me away from it to a more exciting life. Those drawings eventually took me to the Rhode Island School of Design and after graduating with a BFA I returned home to begin a career as a graphic designer and digital illustrator.

For the past several years I’ve taken time off from being a commercial artist to be a full-time dad to our five kids. The forced break from the computer gave me the opportunity to resume painting after years of pushing a mouse. In the summer of 2009 I began painting plein air landscapes to retrain myself in the craft of painting and try to break some old habits... not to mention get me out of the house for some much needed quiet time!

I still get outside regularly but I'm starting to spend more time indoors slowing down and looking longer. Painting plein air landscapes often gives me the feeling that I have one shot to get it right and that one shot is from the hip. There's a lot of thrill in that, but there's also many times that I'd like more time to explore what I'm seeing and give it more thought.

I live in Lancaster, PA but paint everywhere I go.