I was born in Newport, RI in 1964. I have been active as an artist since I was a child. In my high school art classes I was intensely focused and had the good fortune to have two inspired teachers. At that point in my life art was the most important means of self-expression for me. After graduating from Middletown High School in 1983 I worked for a contractor restoring houses. I then went on to work as a first mate on a large sailing yacht in the Carribean. Upon return to the United States I enrolled in the University of Rhode Island as an English Major where I continued my search for knowledge and indulged my love of literature. At the time I did not consider art as a viable career choice thus I did not take any art classes during my four years at college. Once I finished college I apprenticed with an internationally known decorative painter both in England and in Newport, RI. This apprenticeship, which began in 1989 happened by chance and coincided with my renewed interest in artistic pursuits. I went on to study the basics of fine art painting with a local artist. Since then I have made my living both as a decorative painter and a fine artist. For many years I tended to resent the decorative work because I felt it took away from my freedom as an artist. Over the past few years I have recognized that it has been an integral part of my growth as an artist and I am actively engaged in incorporating my decorative sense of color and design into my fine art painting.