I was born and grew up in Botetourt County. We lived beside my Grandfather’s farm where I was always free to roam the beautiful landscape, witness the changing of the seasons and the wildlife that lived there. I have always drawn pictures and made things with my hands. I don’t know if that makes you an artist, but that’s what I turned out to be.
When I graduated from Lord Botetourt High School in 1972, instead of going to a small college and playing football, I went to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and majored in Painting and Print Making. I graduated from VCU in 1976. Two years later I earned a Master of Art and Liberal Studies degree from Hollins College.
For many years I traveled to art shows (festivals), showed my work in galleries in various palaces. When marriage and the children came along, I went back to school and obtained a license to teach. I taught various stints at both high schools in the county and have just retired from teaching art after being at Central Academy Middle School in 2016.
Now… finally as an old man, I am doing what I should have been doing my whole life. Making Art
My studio is located at 149 Dale Road in Troutville VA where I live with my beautiful wife, Leslie. My studio is open by appointment – 540-597-0558.
I will be showing my work at 1000 Hills Coffee Shop, January 13, 2017 through March 9. Opening reception will be held on January 13, 6PM to 8PM.
Each artist contributes 20% of their art sales to the 1000 Hills Art Project. We greatly appreciate their giving and Land of a Thousand Hills is honored to support our local art community.
Our pottery coffee mugs are created by Maria Arellano, Marcus Fether,and Rebecca McKeever and may also be purchased at Daleville Land of a Thousand Hills.