I'm a third-generation west coast Floridian that grew up playing and ultimately worked along the entire Gulf coast of the United States. I come from a family with a long history of commercial and sports fishing and spent most of my youth, into adulthood, on or around the water working, fishing and playing in various capacities aboard my family's boats and those of our friends and acquaintances.
In later years it would be my own boats. I also branched out into other things as I grew to love sailing. My life was unconventional to say the least. and basically one big adventure that took me to many countries and lots of islands over the course of the past 50 plus years.
I never thought about drawing or painting until I was 12 years into a 35 year Federal Sentence for a Drug Smuggling Conspiracy Conviction, when I saw a guy sketch an image that caught my attention. I attempted to draw my coffee mug, but it was so bad that my friends couldn't identify it. I read a book titled, "Drawing on the Right Hand side of the brain" and that was the beginning of a very long learning experience. And it was a great mental escape from the harsh realities of incarceration for a free spirited individual like myself. But it has allowed me to express myself on canvas over the years.
And here I am years later with my art all across the United States and several other countries. I have been told that I express myself with colors. But I'll leave that for you to decide. However, I am a self-taught artist that has won recognition in many circles, and some awards in several small art shows that I have participated in over the years. I was invited into my first private art show when my 15th painting caught the eye of the wife of a Gallery Owner from Manhatten who was leaving a Pilates Studio in Miami where I had the painting hanging. Since then, I have done a number of commissioned pieces, as well as have one of my paintings chosen in 2020 to be on the cover of a newly released novel that is selling internationally, as well as here in the United States, Titled, "The Last Florida Boy". In 2020, I was invited to place 7 of my Islandscapes onto a Multimillion Dollar Yacht, (Mansion Yachts) at Art Basel Miami, which was a real honor. If you see something you like and want to find out more about it, please feel free to contact me and I'll gladly get back in touch with you. There is an interesting story behind most all my paintings, and I have at least three times as many paintings waiting to be released.
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