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I was born on March 5 to a working class family in Harrison, New Jersey not far from the city of Newark. My art education began on my twelfth birthday when I was given a monograph book chronicling the life of Vincent van Gogh. It opened my eyes to the world of color. As an adult I studied with renowned artists Taylor Oughton and Vernon Wood. I allow the painting to guide me and take on a life of its own. I believe that my love of color is directly related to the manner in which van Gogh orchestrated his own palette, without barriers.
My introduction to the Native American was through the western themed serials of the 1960s. On television and in film, Native Americans were always portrayed as the villain; even as a young boy it never seemed right to me. My inexplicable kinship with the culture of the Native American is a mystery to me. I did not choose my subject. It chose me.
My son was born in 1986 and soon after I relocated my family to southern New Jersey to be at peace and concentrate on my life as a father and an artist. I hope to inspire the viewers of my work with emotion. I am passionate about everything I do.
My art is my life.
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