ABOUT THE ARTIST:

I grew up in Loveland, Colorado, and drawing has been second nature to me for as long as I can remember. My primary and secondary education focused on an intensive course of study in science and mathematics. Aptitudes in these areas meant I was encouraged to pursue a career in engineering or computer science, but despite the rigors of my schoolwork, I still sketched whenever I could, and served as the staff artist and cartoonist for my high-school newspaper.

After graduating high school, I spent one term at Carnegie-Mellon University studying applied mathematics without much success. It became clear at that point that an engineering career was not the direction I wanted to go. I decided it was time to follow my artistic talent rather than the advice of others, and I enrolled in the arts program at Colorado State University.

That experience would have its own frustrations, as my tendency to want to work in a traditional, representational context was discouraged and disparaged by the faculty. Having resolved to build my life on my own terms, I stuck to my guns, and focused my coursework on graphic design and illustration, areas where traditional skills were emphasized and valued. I also attended regular figure drawing sessions.

It was during my time at CSU that I began backpacking with my wife in the desert country of southern Utah. The staggering beauty and power of the canyon country inspired me deeply, and transformed what to that point had been only a passing interest in the landscape into a driving passion.

I earned my BFA in Graphic Design in 1992, and my path slowly unfolded before me over the next few years, as I married, moved to the small mountain town of Carbondale, Colorado, and tried to establish myself as a serious artist in the local galleries. I saw almost no commercial success, and was, ironically, using my science background to hold down a job as a chemistry lab assistant at Colorado Mountain College.

Fortunately, in 1995 I was able to take a two week workshop with noted painter Skip Whitcomb, and it is fair to say that at that point everything changed for me. Skip introduced me to the practice of plein air painting and got me working in oils. He also opened my eyes to the art world that I had never glimpsed in college - a world of artists both in America and abroad who had continued in the traditional ways of painting long after the "isms" of the early 20th century had taken root. Armed with new tools and renewed enthusiasm in my work, I embraced plein air painting wholeheartedly. It has been my focus since then.

Over the next three years I painted each and every day, maintaining a rigorous and disciplined approach to my work and producing approximately 2,100 field studies. Along the way I had the privilege of working with and learning from some other wonderful painters. When I felt my work was good enough, I re-entered the marketplace, and quickly began to see some sales and win some awards at local and regional shows. I had my first solo exhibition in Denver in 1999, and I have been earning my living through my brush and palette ever since.

I view my work as a distinctively personal journey of discovery. Iím not painting to please others, or satisfy some market niche. The landscape is my obsession, and it is my passion and privilege to be able to tune into forces greater than myself and by way of imagination create something that contains an evocative glimpse beyond the surface of subject and artist and into the essential character of both.


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SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

A White Wilderness - Oh Be Joyful Gallery - Crested Butte, CO, 2011
Silence & Solitude - Winter In Colorado's High Country - Oh Be Joyful Gallery - Crested Butte, CO, 2010
The Landscape in Oils Annual Show - Act I Gallery - Taos, NM, 2005 - 2011
Main Street Gallery - Glenwood Springs, CO, 2007
Second Nature - Western Colo. Ctr. for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO, 2004
Valentine Fine Art - Livingston, MT, 2003
Valentine Fine Art - Livingston, MT, 2002
ELEMENTAL - Colorado National Monument Landscapes - Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO, 2002
Main Street Gallery - Carbondale, CO, 2001
The 4 Seasons of Colorado - Elizabeth Schlosser Fine Art, Denver, CO, 2001
Elizabeth Schlosser Fine Art - Denver, CO, 1999

SELECTED INVITATIONAL & GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY, 2010 - present
Zion Plein Air Invitational, Zion NP, UT, 2013 Artists for the New Century, 2012, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, 2012
Rocky Mountain Plein-Air Painters Plein Air for the Park, Grand Teton NP, WY, 2012-present
American Miniatures 2009-2011, Settlers West Gallery
Plein-Air Southwest 2009-2010, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX
Annual Contemporary Western Art Show, The Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ, 2008 - present
Windows To The Divine, The Madden Museum, Denver, CO, 2009
American Art In Miniature 2008-2009, The Gilcrease Musuem
Laguna Plein-Air Invitational, Laguna Art Museum, 2008-2009
Miniatures & More, The Albuquerque Museum, 2008-present
Rocky Mtn. Plein-Air Painters - "The Seasons", 2008
Nomadas del Arte National Plein-Air Show, 2008-2009
Sedona Plein-Air Festival, 2007
Rocky Mountain Plein-Air Painters Annual National Show 2005-2011
Annual Colorado Governor's Invitational Show & Sale, 2007-2008
Rocky Mountain Plein-Air Painters 2006 Signature Members Show
Paint Horse Gallery, Breckenridge, CO - 3 Artist Show, 2005-2006
Main Street Gallery, Glenwood Springs, CO - 3 Artist Show, 2005
Valentine Fine Art 2004 Summer Landscape Show - Livingston, Montana
Light & Shadow - Abend Gallery - Denver, CO, 2004
Invited Artist - Western Colorado Center for the Arts Annual Benefit Auction, Grand Junction, CO 2001-2012
4-Person Summer Show, Main Street Gallery - Glenwood Springs, CO, 2003
Invited Artist - Earth, Sky, Fire, Water, Paint - Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO, 2002
Invited Artist - Contemporary Colorado 2001 - Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO, 2001
Invited Artist - Roaring Fork Plein-Air Exhibition - Aspen, CO, 2000, 1999
New Visions II, Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, CO, 1999

PROFESSIONAL ACCOLADES:

Grand Teton Association Director's Award, Plein Air for the Park, 2012 Artists' Choice Award, Best Body of Work, Plein Air for the Park, 2012 Best Of Show, 41st Annual Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, 2010
Award Of Excellence, RMPAP National Show, 2010
Award Of Merit, Plein-Air Southwest, 2009
Best Of Show, Artists' Choice, Nomadas del Arte National Show, 2008
Best Of Show, RMPAP National Show, 2007
Artists' Choice Award, Best Painting, RMPAP National Show, 2006
Award Of Merit, RMPAP National Show, 2006
Artists' Choice Award, Best Painting, RMPAP Signature Members Show, 2006
Directors' Choice Award, RMPAP, 2006
Juror's Choice Award, Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival, 1997

PUBLICITY:

"The Evolution of Western Art", Western Art & Architecture Magazine, April 2012 issue
Feature Article, Southwest Art Magazine, June 2011 issue
Feature Article, Western Art Collector Magazine, January 2011 issue
Feature Article, Tempo supplement, Taos News, May 28, 2010
"25 Ways to Have an Artful 2009", Southwest Art Magazine, January 2009
"New Mexico's Hot Art Scene", Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, May 2008
Collector's Choice, Southwest Art Magazine, October 2007
Feature Article, October 12, 2007 Glenwood Springs Post-Independent
Artists To Watch, Southwest Art Magazine, March 2007
Feature Article, Taos News, May 27, 2006
Feature Article, Albuquerque Journal, May 27, 2006
Artist Profile, October 2005 Cowboys & Indians Magazine
Feature Article, June 2005 Plein-Air Magazine
Art Watch column, Wild Blue Yonder Magazine, May 2005
Feature Article, Taos News, March 5, 2005
Cover Artist, May/June 2004 SkyWest Magazine
Feature Article, April 2004 Grand Junction Free Press
Feature Article, May 2002 Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Feature Article, September 2001 Aspen Times
Feature Article, September 2001 Glenwood Springs Post-Independent

AFFILIATIONS:

President, Rocky Mountain Plein-Air Painters Association