As a retired business executive, I am finally enjoying the opportunity to focus on my interest in Art.
Although I had a longtime interest in art, it was art appreciation rather than art participation. My academic studies were focused on economics and business after which I spent 40 years in the hotel industry.
Over the years I worked on various projects that involved a variety of artistic efforts. Eventually I tried to apply some effort directly on canvas. I liked it.
Subsequently, while living in Beverly Hills, I studied with Billie Lowell and so began a serious study of oil painting. During the past 20 years my job of developing a worldwide hotel company allowed precious little time to follow my art interest but now that I have found paradise in Hilton Head, I have again turned to serious painting.
I have worked locally with Yvonne Stark on lowcountry landscapes, Joyce Nagel who introduced me to pastels, and now I am continuing to develop my own style.
It was a heady experience when I first found that I could actually sell some of my paintings. So now I'm "professional". Still not in any museum collections, so now is the time to become an early collector!
I am very fortunate to have found the "Apple Pie Group" with whom I can paint "plein air" on a regular basis.