After earning my degree in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and working as freelance illustrator for several years, I decided to pursue further training under master painter Kamille Corry. After one year in Corry's studio, I moved to New York City where I spent four years studying with Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Atelier and the Hudson River Fellowship. For three years after that I remained in New York teaching at the GCA and establishing my painting career. In 2016 I moved to my native Vermont where I now teach private lessons, small group classes, workshops, and retreats. I also teach drawing in the Game Art & Animation Department at Champlain College and maintain a regular studio practice.
I believe that drawing and painting are skills that can be learned through a logical approach and consistent practice. The foundation of good painting is strong drawing, and in my teaching I emphasize observation from life to achieve accurate representation of form and structure. By limiting variables such as color, light, and movement in a controlled studio environment, students can develop confidence in their drawing skills before progressing to more complex subjects, materials, and working conditions. This approach is inspired by the academic curriculum followed by many of the western art tradition's great masters. Class size is limited to five students to ensure plenty of time for individual instruction and instructor demonstrations.