formal training as a painter occurred at The Ohio State University. It was
during the time immediately following World War II. Many of us were combat
veterans pushing to catch up on those missed war years. A whole new world
of intellectual and artistic talent was there, waiting for my discovery.
The research and insights of Distinguished Professor Hoyt Sherman were in full flower. This was the core of the creative excitement that permeated the school. We worked regularly in his "Flash Room" and learned the principles of vision in his Visual Demonstration Laboratory, which duplicated that of Adelbert Ames.
Among my favorite teachers were two young instructors, Chuck Csuri and Roy Lichtenstein, and my advisor, Robert King. Each was an exceptional talent with gifts to communicate to younger artists. In 1951, I received a Master's Degree in Fine Arts at Ohio State.
Options to earn a living seemed limited to either commercial art or teaching. Instead, I chose a career in manufacturing which carried me from an apprentice machinist to the Harvard Business School. Eventually I came to head up three small companies and a management consulting firm.
my business needs were satisfied I began my career change into my first
love - painting. I entered classes which provided me with guidance and
criticism. During these years, many successful local artists have helped
and encouraged me. Some of them are acknowledged in the accompanying narratives
relating to specific series of paintings. Many others have also worked
with me. Their influence is deeply appreciated.