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Art, creativity, the gratification that comes with making things and the satisfaction that follows teaching have been driving forces in my life. Whether it was creating non-violent software to make learning fun for kids or painting new images I have been following my artistic impulses. I was born and raised in Rochester New York, and started moving west to Chicago, and then to LA. I presently reside in Noe Valley, San Francisco with my loving wife and wonderful young son. We have one cat, over 200 bonsai trees in the back yard, and one of the biggest and most extensive Felix the Cat collections in the world.
Fortunately, I was born into an artistic family. My home growing up was a lot like an art gallery as my mother's paintings, prints and sculptures surrounded me. This kind of environment must have impacted my understanding of art techniques and appreciation of fine art. Some of my earliest memories are of working outdoor art shows with my artist mother. Rochester was a great town for visual studies, perhaps due to Kodak and Xerox being founded there. Growing up it seemed that everyone was interested in image making not just my family.
I was able to tap into a wealth of arts education programs offered by a number of the local institutions while growing up. It was at these art schools that I was able to study figure drawing, photography, ceramics, jewelry making, painting and drawing. I was extremely lucky to be awarded yearly scholarships at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery to study under Richard Hauver, a gifted artist and teacher who also taught my mother and brother. I studied fine art and design at Rochester Institute of Technology and animation and computer graphics at Brockport SUNY.
Technology and computer graphics have been intertwined with my artistic efforts starting from my days working at my Dad's IT Company. I co-founded a couple of multimedia companies with my brother Jake. I was able to combine my Felix the Cat obsession with my interest in animation to make cool cartoon studio authoring software for kids. I developed a non-violent interactive visual kaleidoscope and music tile called the Groove Thing. We made some of the first examples of children's Edutainment with characters such as Snoopy, Hello Kitty and the Simpsons. I have lectured, taught and written extensively on making learning fun, human interface design and the joy of creativity.
I am a member of the local City Art Gallery artist co-op in San Francisco, and the Associated Artists in Winston-Salem, I have won numerous awards and I show and sell both nationally and internationally. My work can be found during Open Studios on the Noe Valley weekend, in shows and in local restaurants. I have work in a number of private collections. I have recently received the 1st place award for a Papa Comes Home piece from the High Point Artist League's show at the Theater Gallery.
I teach art to both children and adults. My classes include beginning to advanced acrylic and oil painting, color, black and white drawing and an annual children's summer art camp in at Artsake. I have conducted Family Studio at SFMOMA, a drop in arts program at the gallery.
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