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I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA, where I attended Saturday morning art classes at Carnegie Museum and twice tried out for the Pirates. I went to Penn State, where I studied mechanical engineering and played on the baseball team. After graduation, I moved to Southern California to start a career as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry. In the past 40 years I married, raised a family, and worked on lots of cool stuff including the Space Station and Space Shuttle. I’ve been high up on a launch tower at Cape Canaveral and low down in a submarine. Now I spend my time in my home studio, painting fine art as a second career.
For me, painting or drawing is like meditating on a series of Zen1 koans, unsolvable riddles used as a tool to calm the mind. The riddle for me is the search for the triple point of a career where selfish interests, the desire to please others, and the validation of making money intersect. In physics, the triple point of water is the pressure and temperature at which water can simultaneously exist as ice, liquid, and vapor.2 The triple point is a precarious state in which the slightest change in pressure or temperature causes the immediate transition from one phase to another. Similarly, it is my internal passion (or temperature) and external influences (or pressure) that cause my state of mind to move, always striving for and then often passing through that elusive triple point of motives in which I’m feeling fulfilled, generating genuine appreciation from others, and making a buck all at the same time.
Because each painting becomes a new koan, started with varying amounts of passion and external influences that may or may not be fulfilled, it is very difficult to maintain any consistency at the triple [...]Read the rest of this bio on the
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