"I was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1923, have lived here all my life. Have been interested in some art form from early on, mostly small things, my wife says I think small, since as a child I designed and built a miniature circus; as a teenager and young adult, I made and operated marionettes. In this venture I met my wife "Mickey" and we have been married 56 years."
"A year and a half of commercial art training in high school is the only formal art eduction I have had. Any art knowledge I may now possess is gained from a rather extensive "How to" library and much trial and error."
"I have been painting in oils, exclusively miniatures since 1967. I worked for 34 years in the color processing department of a gravure printing company, which has given me a strong background in color analysis and mixing."
"I am a member of several miniature, and other art organizations, and was honored in 1985 to be selected as one of the ten founding, signature members of the "Miniature Artist of America." I have won numerous awards, and have had several one-man shows, have had work exhibited in many states and several foreign countries. I paint mostly from imagination or recollection. I try to capture a mood or how I feel about a subject. I am not too concerned about absolute accuracy, so long as it is not disturbing to the eye, appears to be reasonable or logical and forms a pleasing abstract pattern. All my subjects, and I paint a wide variety, are realistic in scope."
"I paint on portrait grade Belgian linen canvas glued to Masonite. I prime the canvas about six coats of acrylic gesso, sanding between each coat. I do this on 24" square panels, then cut them to various shapes and sizes on a table saw. I make thumb-nail sketches of ideas on small cards, then develop the idea in a pencil drawing the size of the canvas, then transfer this to the canvas. I then use thin washes of color to establish value masses and harmonies. After this dries I repaint putting in the fine detail. The painting is then varnished and framed."
"I am also a charter member of 'The World Federation of Miniaturists.'"