MY BIOGRAPHY

Sometime, when I was around five, I had a day when I was just bored.  My mother told me  "Get your little red chair, take your paper and pencil and go sit out in the middle of that garden and draw what you see."  That was my first art lesson.  My mother allowed a us lot of freedom.  We ran barefoot all summer, climbing trees and riding small ones back to the ground.  She helped us explore our world and always encouraged creativity.  She is still an encouragement to me.
 
My father was also a big influence.  He taught us about integrity, pursuing our goals and respect for others.  He was an insurance salesman and his most important selling advice was: "You have to believe in your product!"  I've never forgotten that advise.
 
My grandfather was another inspiration.  He owned a hardware store in south Georgia and my brother and I would spend most of our summers with him and grandmother.  We were allowed to explore the store's attic and crawl spaces where we discovered old crank phonograph players, dictaphones, parts of model A & T cars, toy trains, Christmas displays and his wine making bottles.  The store was stocked with knives, tools and all the man-things a couple of boys would be interested in.  He put us to work!  We cleaned out the bulk bins that held nails and we swept floors.  He showed us how to brick in the space under his rental houses.  He taught us about tools, their names and how they were used.  As he worked on his Model A and Model T Fords,  we learned to watch him and hand him the right tool before he asked for it.  At the end of every week we got a pay check, teaching us that work has rewards.  My brother, Tom, became a mechanical engineer and I never lost my love of tinkering with whatever I found an interest in.
 
I was a poor student in high school but I had fun!  One of my favorite memories is the prom when Tom and I used grandfather's Model A Ford to pick up and transport our dates.   The theme for that night was "Roaring Twenties" and Tom and I were decked out in spats, straw hats and grandfather's old suits.  We had the stuff to do it right!  But back to art......  I had been in band every year but in my senior year I took an art class and finally found my calling.
 
I spent four years in the Coast Guard and was stationed first in Washington DC as a member of the Presidential Honor Guard during the Nixon administration.  Next, I was sent to the base on Governor's Island, New York City,  and trained as a photographer.  I learned to operate the old cameras and develop film.  I took photos of whatever the Coast Guard wanted in their monthly magazine and did the layouts.  I took what's called "Grip and Grin" shots of the VIP's and the pin-up girls that always graced the back cover.  The Coast Guard was an experience that I treasure.  It helped me grow up and I've used that photograpy skill ever since.  When my tour of duty was over, I knew what I wanted and headed for art school.
 
 
 
1975 ----------  Atlanta College of Arts
1976 - 1978    Georgia State University; Bachelors of Visual Arts Degree
 
1979 - 1995    General Manager of the Fine Art Division
                                TransArt Industries, a national art firm
 
1996                    Founder and co-owner of Integrity Press, Inc
 
Museum Collections - The Museum of Art, Deland, Florida
                                                Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas
                                                The Governor's Mansion, Atlanta, Georgia
 
National Collections/Commissions - limited edition etchings
                                                City of Albany, New York - 300th birthday celebration
                                                State of New Hampshire Celebration
                                                City of Austin, Texas
                                                City of Fort Worth, Texas
                                                City of Atlanta, Georgia - 1996 Bi-centennial
 
Other achievements - Inventor  of various non-toxic printmaking techniques
                                                recognized by leading printmaking schools and
                                                universities, including Keith Howard's book "Non-Toxic
                                                Printmaking".