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About the Artist
I paint landscapes in oils, both outdoors and in my studio. Although painting was an intermittent hobby for many years, it has been my main activity since retiring about six years ago. My training in art has consisted of various workshops, but my formal education and career was in science. I am married (Jean) and have one married son (Luke, 29, in Boston).
I am originally from Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah, obtaining a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1973. Following post-doctoral training in Germany and San Francisco, I worked for ten years as a research scientist in the Biology Department at the University of Utah. My interests gradually shifted from basic research to environmental science. In 1994, after additional training at Utah State University, I started Phytokinetics (in Logan, Utah), a company that specialized in phytoremediation (using plants to clean-up environmental contaminants). In 2005 I moved to Raleigh taking a position as Technical Director of Phytoremediation at ENSR, a global engineering firm. I later moved to a second larger engineering firm (URS) from which I retired in 2014.
Workshops have focused on oil painting as well as water color techniques. Instructors have included Jay Hennifer, Scott Boyle, Albert Handel, Alia El-Bermani, Marcelle Hooks, Jason Tako, Nicole Kennedy, Bekah Haslett, Chad Smith, Jim Carson, Jean Grunewald, and Jeremy Sams.