First and foremost, I am a student of history, especially early America and the Old West. I enjoy capturing that period with my paintings. There is plenty of subject matter on the history of the West to research. I like to place myself back in time to see how the situation and moment would translate into an appealing picture. Design to a painting is very important. When designing a painting I rely on my art direction and graphic design background in getting my painting to have a sense of drama to it. I develop a strong point of interest to the painting to immerse the viewer into the painting.

With landscape painting, I am always on the lookout for picturesque scenes. If a view has merit and is pleasing to the eye, I immediately capture the mood with quick sketches in black and white. Later, working from the sketches, I complete the finished oil painting in my studio. It is a challenge to capture nature with its wondrous colors and subtleties of shades of light and dark. I want the person viewing my paintings to get the same feeling that I experienced when I first viewed the scene.

I graduated with a bachelor's degree from Iona College in 1978 and attended Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts and the Reilly League of Artists.

From 1984 and 1996, I served as President and Creative Director of Fama & Associates, Inc. I also served as an Art Director for several advertising agencies in New York City. I am a member of the American Artist Professional League, and the Oil Painters of America.

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