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In college, I actually started out as a Forestry Major before making the switch to Fine Art. Most of my art course work was completed at Sacramento State College in California, with an emphasis in Illustration. I received a BFA from Indiana University in 1977. For the past 30 plus years I have been the Graphic Artist at the Hammond Public Library in Hammond, Indiana.
My art interests have always been eclectic. I like experimenting with different media, exploring ways to add texture, and combining different media. That illustrator part of me always comes back to realism though. My favorite mediums have always been acrylic and collage. In recent years however, I have gone to working in colored pencils (prismacolor and also pastel pencils). I like the effects of layering colors.
I sometimes feel there is no rhyme or reason as to my subject matter or method of expression. Looking at my own body of work, it seems that I am and have always been a realist and an illustrator at heart. I have a passion for photography, but consider it a secondary pursuit. I don't consider myself a professional photographer, though I occasionally take photographs I consider pretty decent. I have only recently picked up a digital camera after years of shooting a mechanical, manual film camera.