1. How did you get started in your craft? (using your media)
I began painting and drawing at a very young age. Entirely as a hobby in the early years. I remember drawing a lot of military imagery as a child. Like many young boys I grew up with an attraction to the military and an idealized understanding of honor and sacrifice. In middle school I developed a serious interest in the arts as a potential career path. This led me to complete my BFA in painting and drawing from Indiana University of PA and a subsequent MFA from University of Arizona.
2. What has been inspiring/influencing your work lately?
Lately I have been inspired by romantic notions of landscape and the history of landscape as cultural icon. I have been reading a lot on this subject including Simon Schama’s “Landscape and Memory” and Rebecca Solnit’s “Landscape and Power.”
3. Who are your favorite artists in your field?
I admire a wide range of artist famous and otherwise. Those working today who inspire me include Mark Tansey, Heather Greene, Michael Borremans, Ann Hamilton and Larry Gipe to name a few.
4. What is your favorite piece of art or fine craft that you own?
I own some exceptional drawings and paintings from regional artists who I have come to admire. Two that stand out are Lindsey Landfried and Ryan Woodring.