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As a young boy I drew pictures on paper tablets that my Dad brought home from the steel mill, and like so many boys in the late 1940s, I wanted to be a cowboy when I grew up. So horses and cowboys filled the pages of my tablets. 

In the fifth grade I started Tam O'shanter art classes with the legendary Joseph Fitzpatrick in the music hall of the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh’s Oakland section. That three-year stint was followed by two years of tempera painting instruction, also at the Carnegie, followed by two years of Saturday morning art classes at Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University). 

At Edinboro State Teachers College (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania) I earned my BA in Art Education and I taught elementary art for a few years. I then served two years in the US Army, after which I married and raised three wonderful children with my lovely wife Sarah. For most of my career I worked as a graphic designer for the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation and Gateway Marketing Service,

Now I've come full circle, and I am again drawing cowboys, horses, knights, and other curiosities on paper tablets, canvas, and computers.



Graphic Design


Religious Icons

Acrylic Painting

Colored Pencil

Wood Working

About the Artist