moved to Manhattan in the mid-1970s to attend the Art Students League
York. My studies included
anatomy and figure drawing with Thomas Fogarty as well as figure
portraiture with John Howard Sanden.
In 1980, I moved to St. Simons Island,
Georgia for a year,
prior to settling in the state's capital, Atlanta. Over the next ten
work included various commissions, both private and corporate, as well
number of solo and group exhibitions.
the fall of
1991 I made a major move to the small Normandy
village of Pressagny l'Orgueilleux, just west of Paris. A retired
French Colonel, the proprietor of the Château de la Madeleine, allowed
me to rent the
gate cottage, situated only minutes away from the home of Claude Monet
and the birthplace of
impressionism in Giverny. This place and its
artistic precedent guided my own paint handling; through
I immersed myself in the approach of the Impressionists, which has
of my painting.
In 1993 I moved to the small hilltop
Fayence in southern France where I remained for the next five
working under 'a glorious sun.' During this time, my work took me to
Corsica and back to Normandy, all the while enchanted by the light, and
concentrating on working within the confines of a limited color
In 1998, I
returned to the United
States, where I settled in Asheville, North Carolina. The Grove Arcade
Market commissioned me to recreate the original 1920s finials that
the top of the building, and the City Parks and Recreation Department
commissioned me on the development of “Grove’s Vision”, a station on
city’s historical Urban Trail.
over a decade of visiting and painting in North Central Texas, in the
spring of 2016, a friend pointed out an old farmhouse that she always
thought should be the residence of an artist, so I bought the
house and moved to Palo Pinto, Texas a few weeks later. The open
spaces and big skies, along with the wonderful people that I've met,
will inspire me for a long time to come.
I am currently a member of the Oil
America, a signature
member of The American Impressionist Society, International Plein Air
(I-P-A-P), the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), the
Plein Air Painters and the Outdoor Painters Society in Texas.
IN PUBLIC PLACES
Asheville Urban Trail, one of downtown Asheville's most popular outdoor
activities, allows participants to take a walk through some of
Asheville's history and loveliest architecture by means of a series of
outdoor sculptures at various Urban Trail stops, or "stations,"
throughout downtown Asheville. On December 20th., the Asheville Parks
and Recreation Department dedicated yet another station on the Urban
Trail, this one entitled "Grove's Vision." The ceremony took place at
the corner of Battery Park and Page Avenue, the site of the new
new station is anchored by a unique piece of art, and is unlike any
other on the Urban Trail. It is fabricated from a combination of
concrete, glass and neon lighting, and is the work of glass artist
Stephen McLester, sculptor Stuart Roper and faux finisher Jesse Fahrer.
The artwork reflects various design elements found in the structure of
the Grove Arcade itself, which is located across the street and in full
view from the new station. (As an aside, the Grove Arcade is currently
undergoing renovation to restore the National Historic Building to a
purpose more in keeping with its original purpose, that of an indoor,
downtown mall.) The artwork was funded by the family of Shirley Coxe
Hazlehurst, and the bronze plaque was funded by the family of Julia and