b. 1946, Waterbury, Conn.
I was born into an artistic family with crayons, paints and colored pencils all over the place. But, I had many interests and opting for a more practical career, I studied Chemical Engineering at UConn. After graduation, I worked as a Design Engineer, Consultant, and Marketing Executive and my assignments took me to many beautiful spots in the US and in Europe. I visited the museums great and small and made the pilgrimage to Monet's Garden.
I grew up in the Naugatuck Valley and have always painted in my spare time, finding inspiration in small towns and along country roads. I like to paint what I see on those great to be alive days. I love the colors and shadows during the magic hour just before sunset. I am attracted to architecture in a natural setting, the flowers growing out of a stone wall, the moss growing on the roof of a barn, sunlight on a deserted factory building, the muted tones of a misty morning, or a great sky with many shades of blue.
Thirty years ago, I studied painting with Judy Jaworski. In the intervening years, my wife and I raised four daughters. One's an Artist (elliemims.com), one's an Engineer, one's a TV Producer (crampmystyle.tv) and our youngest is a Nurse Practitioner. I’ve recently retired and with more free time, I'm able to show my work on a regular basis. Juried shows include the Watertown Art League, the Kent Art Association and the New Haven Paint & Clay Club. I was awarded First Place for my paintings: "Woodbury Cemetery", "P'Town Skyline", and “Maguire’s Landing”.
I won the annual Cape Cod Vacation Guidebook Cover Competition sponsored by the Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce. My painting “August at Mayo Beach” appeared on the cover of the 2014 Guidebook.
My 2005 show at Full City Coffee in Manhattan was my first solo show.
Great scenes present themselves on a daily basis and I'm constantly surprised by what I see.