I came to San Francisco in the 70s, after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute. I continued studying art at San Francisco City College, the San Francisco Art Institute, and got a Masters at San Francisco State.
I’ve been influenced by many artists, such as Thomas Eakins and Edward Hopper, and feel fortunate to be in California where one can see exciting works by the Bay Area Figurative painters. I probably owe my biggest debt to David Hockney, whose sensitive portraits of gay men from the 60s and 70s resonated with me when I began painting.
California’s great weather has also influenced my work. Many of my paintings are about guys enjoying the outdoors and each other. My beach series began in 1988, while I was painting landscapes at UC Santa Cruz, and happened to take some beach photos that seemed worthy of painting from. I’ve since based many paintings on photos I’ve taken at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, Baker Beach, and Crissy Field.
Although I’ve shown in San Francisco open studios for many years, I’m glad to have also shown my work at the Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San Francisco and am currently represented by the Alden Gallery in Provincetown, MA – but that’s another story.
Hunters Point Shipyard has been a very special working environment for many artists, thanks to founder Jacques Terzian and countless others. Thank you for visiting our website. You’re welcome to visit our studios in person during our fall and spring Open Studios weekends.