Growing up in NYC’s Greenwich Village, my earliest recollections involve artistic activities. My formal art training began at Queens College, where I was inspired by the great expressionist painter, Charles Cajori. His training was primarily based on still life compositions, and they continue to be an integral part of my work. With Cajori’s encouragement, I applied to the prestigious Cooper Union, where I completed my BFA degree. A few years after graduation, Christine Brenner and I moved to rural Connecticut to establish a painting studio.
In those days, the flood plain along the Connecticut River was a frequent subject of my landscapes, and for many years I also painted in the olive groves of central Italy. Most recently, my landscapes incorporate views of southern Vermont where we now live.
In 2014, Christine and I went to Morocco as Youth Development volunteers with Peace Corps. There, we taught English language classes, developing a variety of visual art lessons for children and young adults. We continue to spend half the year in Morocco.