I was born in Worcester, Massachusetts into mid-century New England. The textile mills were closing and with them, the economy was moving south. My family moved when I was young to coastal New Jersey for better prospects. I was raised there, among the pines and ocean beaches, and I began to paint the landscape…and play loud music in garage bands.
Following an art curriculum I graduated The Du Cret School as valedictorian of my class. Casting about for work and finding the late 1970’s music scene in New York City exciting, I promptly formed a punk band. I followed this path into aural expressionism in alternative music for ten years while still exploring the “why and how” of oil painting and building my craft. During this period I spent time in Italy, France and Spain attending seminars, visiting museums and churches and studying the techniques of the masters.
In the early ‘90s I decided to break with the music scene and moved to southern Vermont to concentrate fully on painting. I found the landscape and lifestyle in Vermont inspirational and soon found Quakerism at Putney Friends Meeting as a spiritual base.
I have built my home and studio, Crane Mountain Cottage, in the hills and forests of the southern Green Mountains in Townshend, Vermont. Here I live a simple, contemplative life with my wife, author and illustrator Nancy Jane Lang .
My work is in private collections across the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain and Japan. I am an exhibiting member of The Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vermont.