was born in Wisconsin but have lived in Florida for many years.
From an early age, I knew I would ultimately be deeply involved
in some form of art or design. I earned an art degree at the University
of Miami, then served in the Army, where I learned silkscreen techniques
and produced illustrated training aids. Early on, I gravitated toward
dimensional media and so I spent 40+ years designing exhibits and
displays, after teaching myself drafting and detailing techniques
and acquiring technical writing as well as some business skills
along the way.. All this time, I continued to develop my painting
and drawing techniques; eventually adding digital imaging. I have
worked in a variety of traditional media including pen and ink with
watercolor, ceramics, enamel on copper, silk screen, wood and linoleum
cuts. I do paint in oils but prefer acrylics.
In recent years, I've focused more on fine and applied
art and less on my design consulting business although I continue
to offer design services to my valued and loyal clients.
I have always enjoyed making line drawings, but I
also like to work with color, often in a posterized style. My focus
is on nature-- organic and botanical forms, landscapes, birds and
animals, still lifes; but recently I've begun a series of portraits
of notable people, some commissioned for publications. So--all in
all--some variations in technique and subject matter; all driven
by broad interests, a need to simplify and restate the essence of
things and an underlying concern for good composition.
Most of my original paintings and drawings are privately
held but I enjoy fulfilling commissions for new work in traditional
and digital media and I also offer art prints of many images. Sometimes,
it's difficult to distinguish fine art from illustrations, so I
am comfortable using both terms.. I've waited 'til the end to mention
the heraldic art I do for clients all over the world, This evolved
from my love of history, especially the medieval period. Here again,
I rely on a good base drawing then build on that to a clean and
solid result, often in a hybrid style combining traditional
line art with digital color application.
Please click on the contact
page to inquire about commissions or to purchase prints, where available.
Years ago, I registered my design firm under the name
Alembic Enterprises and obtained that domain name, as well. Originally,
I created the big A for Alembic Designs, later applying
it to Alembic Arts and Alembic Heraldry, too. Today, there are lots
of websites with variations of the word alembic but
my logos remain proprietary copyrighted images that exclusively
identify my art and design services.