“Monastery Beach”
Watercolor on paper
16 x 20 in.

About the Artist:
I grew up in the Midwest, and moved to San Francisco following Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Architecture. I was not a painter when I made my journey, but found that it created in me an aching need to find a way to express the beauty and spirit of California and the American West. I first tried photography, but that did not fully satisfy my needs. So, I embarked on the lifelong journey of becoming a painter. I first read dozens of books and looked a hundreds of paintings – settling on a mantra I continue to use to this day: Learn to Look: Look to Learn.
Discovering plein air painting led to an ever deepening appreciation for the land and sea around me, and a greater spiritual engagement with Nature. I do not consider myself a watercolorist, but rather an artist who expresses his art through this most challenging of mediums. I paint in watercolor because of its fluidity which expresses so well the flowing forces that I see and feel in Nature. In 2001, I started painting in many juried and invitational plein air events including those in Laguna Beach, Sonoma, Telluride, Sedona, Carmel and Borrego Springs.
My watercolors have been included in mixed media exhibitions at a number of museums including:

  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • USC Fisher Museum of Art
  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
  • Laguna Museum of Art
  • Haggin Museum of Art
  • Oceanside Museum of Art
  • Triton Museum of Art
  • Saint Mary’s Museum of Art
  • Napa Valley Museum

I am an Artist Member of the California Art Club (CAC), and a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), California Plein Air Painters (CPAP) and the California Watercolor Association (CWA).
Contact: [email protected]


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