My Story

I was born on an American army base in Vicenza, Italy. Growing up, I moved more than a dozen times in the United States and in Europe. And I got to visit Venice, Rome, Florence, Heidelberg, Munich and Pisa. The experience of seeing so much great European art had a huge influence on me!

Later, at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, my teachers Frank and Jean Gross provided encouragement as well as high expectations. One of the highlights was working with artist Emery Clark on her 1/4-mile long street painting The NOMA Nile in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art for the King Tut exhibit.

I earned art degrees at Louisiana State University, Purdue and Queens College.  I married my high school sweetheart Melissa. We raised two children and moved to Boise. 

Throughout my career I’ve exhibited mostly in Boise and New Orleans, but I’ve also shown my work in Indianapolis, Sun Valley, Virginia Beach and New York City. 

In 2010, Melissa and I banded together with a group of local Boise artists including Will Spearman, Amber Daley and Penny Lea Mackie to form the Treasure Valley Artists Alliance. My involvement in TVAA provided tons of opportunities to collaborate with other artists.

Education

  • Master of Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking, City University of New York, Queens College, Flushing, New York
  • Master of Art, Creative Art, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Fellowship, Yale University Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, Connecticut
  • Graduated Highly Recommended, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana

Class of 1981, Yale University Summer School of Music and Art

Public Art

  • 2018 Traffic Control Box at the corner of Main and 23 Street, Boise, Idaho, commission by City of Boise, Dept. of Arts & History

I was born by the river in a little tent.

— lyrics by Sam Cook, performed by Greta van Fleet

Publications

  • 2013 Local Color: Boise Sesquicentennial Celebration, Boise, Idaho

Local Color exhibition catalog, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance

Solo exhibitions

  • 2021 Character Development, Boise State University
  • 2017 Ghost Hunting, Evermore Prints, Boise, Idaho
  • 2016 Houseghosts, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2013 Coming Into View, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans
  • 2011 Thresholds, The Linen Building Gallery, Boise, Idaho
  • 2009 Making Room for the Muse, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans
  • 2006 Angels in the House, Carol Robinson Gallery
  • 2003 A Touch of Blue, Carol Robinson Gallery

Group exhibitions

    • 2017 Black Elk: Lakota Warrior, Mighty Visionary, invitational exhibition, Canyon Crossroads Museum at Celebration Park, Melba, Idaho
    • 2016 Mystery Sonatas, collaborative exhibition and musical performance with Kate Withrow, violinist, Marigny Opera House, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • 2016 Artists of Faith, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans
    • 2016 This American Life, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance, Boise, Idaho
    • 2015 Cuisine Art, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
    • 2015 Hunting & Gathering, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
    • 2014 Foray IV, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
    • 2014 WaterWorks, juried exhibition, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance, Nampa, Idaho
    • 2014 Four Eyes, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
    • 2014 Metamorphosis, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
    • 2013 Foray III, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
    • 2013 Local Color: Boise Sesquicentennial Celebration juried exhibition, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
    • 2013 What the World Needs Now, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
    • 2012 Silver Linings, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
    • 2012 Leftovers travelling exhibition featuring printmaking images from artists around the world, Wharepuke, New Zealand
    • 2012 Text Messages Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
    • 2011 Double Take Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
    • 2011 Complements Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
    • 2009 Artists of Faith Carol Robinson Gallery
    • 2003 Frameworks Old Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, Illinois
    • 2000 Spirit of the Djembe invitational, ArtSource Gallery, Boise
    • 1998 Draw, Paint, Man, Woman with Melissa Chambers, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
    • 1998 Treasure Valley Juried Art Exhibit, Boise State University
    • 1995 Issues of Diversity juried exhibition, Boise State University

Awards

  • 1982 Dean’s Medal, College of Design, Louisiana State University
  • 1982 Caroline Durieux Scholarship, School of Art, Louisiana State University
  • 1981 Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale University Summer School of Music and Art

Grants

  • 2020 QuickProject for Individuals, Idaho Commission on the Arts
  • 2017 QuickProject for Individuals, Idaho Commission on the Arts

Associations

  • 2010 – 2021, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance, Member
  • 2010 – 2015, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance, co-founder and president of the board

TVAA logo, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance