Artist Statement

I was born in 1949 and grew up in Jackson Michigan. I graduated from Notre Dame in 1972 with a Bachelor of Architecture, which included studying in Rome for a year and a half. In 1978, I started my own architectural practice in Detroit and developed a specialization in historic renovation, restaurant, bar and bakery projects.

My architectural training and early years of practice preceded the use of computers and CAD drafting. Although almost all of my present work is now done using CAD, I miss the hand-drawing that I had grown to love. In recompense, I have made conscious efforts to communicate with my clients by constant sketching and more-finished renderings. And instead of just drawing when traveling, I started to draw extensively in Detroit and Michigan. In 2012, I started painting with watercolors, and this year, painting with oils. I find the challenges of selecting a view to paint, figuring out the optimal composition, and selectively but accurately replicating it to be exciting.

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