I always wanted to be an Artist. My second cousin , idol and mentor was Bill Kuhlman a commercial artist in Toledo who illustrated the ads for Oldsmobie, Pontiac and Cadillac, plus Ford some years. With his help and guidance I was able to apply for and get a partial scholarship to Cleveland Institute of Art to study automotive illustration. This program was cancelled at the end of the first trimester of a 2 year program. The Big 3 were going to be using photograpers and there would be no jobs in the future. So myself and 6 others were cut loose unless we wanted to take abstract drawing. I left with no plan B.
I got a job and enrolled in the University of Toledos Business college. I was able to take some classes at the UT School of Design which was off campus in the basement of The Toledo Museum of Art. I did not want to be an engineer or draftsman so I took what ever courses that interested me like basic art, architectural rendering and land scape design and rendering. I loved spending my time in the art museum I am afraid my other classes were neglected.
I joined the Toledo Artist Club and started doing weekend shows in the area in the summer. A friend, Mark Perrine, went off to join the World Art Tour in the late 60's. They went around the country painting in New Malls as they were opened. Kind of like a side show I guess. When he came home he had been discovered for his Water Colors of the Grimm Fairy Tales and he was moving to Miami. He urged me to give the tour a shot. In the early 70's I quit my job and went out on tour thanks to a supporting wife with a good job.
In 1974 there was a gas embargo and you just could not get gas at times. In 75 I purchased my framers business and art gallery, Studio Arts and Frames, and stayed home.
While out on tour I met Bill Alexander and learned his wet on wet tricks. I was making a living on small still lifes and wanted to learn to paint faster. I never did get a hang of using the palette knife.
I also became friends with a very good local still life painter, Ted Planten, and he introduced me to some of the national miniature shows. I was excepted in The Nation Miniature Show at The National Gallery in 74, 75, 76. My painting, Conductors Time Piece, was purchased by the National Gallery in 1975.
During the years I took many workshops, mostly in the west. My favorites were Frank McCarthy and Peter Hurd in an old army barracks outside Ruidoso New Mexico in the Hondo mountains. I learn more about palette knife from Peter Beckman, also a member to The Toledo Artist club.
In 1980 I had had enough of doing framing, I did not have time to paint for myself. Sold the shop and went with a friend to manage a Pro Golf Discount store, after all next to art I loved golf. I did a little watercolor still life called One Up After Nine which was seen by a Titleist salesman. He asked if he could show this to his boss. Well that started me off finally in a direction in art. Finally.
This was followed by another print, Tools At Rest and I was off doing golf illustrations.
I have had work published in Golf Magazine and painted around 80 golf holes from Arizona to the Atlantic. I got out of the Golf Retail business and back into Art.
A tip never make your hobby your income because then you do not have a release.
In 1999 I was forced to retire due to 2 mini strokes which effected my right brain. Since moving to Florida I have been fortunate to have great art friends who have challenged and push me. I fell in love with Plein Air and this has helped me recover from the strokes to where I have vision and creativity once again.