I was born in 1938 in Chicago, grew up in Cleveland and went to Ohio State University. A satisfying career in the Macy’s Corporation culminated as Director of Stores in the Bamberger’s division. I have sketched compulsively all my life and assumed I would eventually “do something” with my art. I was happiest when I was working with tools and so realized my natural medium was sculpture. In 1988, with my wife Donna’s encouragement, (“I’m not going to listen when you’re seventy and whining that you never got to do what you really wanted!”), I retired and started to sculpt full time as a mature “emerging artist”. I pieced together an art education from New York’s Educational Alliance (gas and arc welding), The Art Students League (anatomy, sculpting the figure and TIG welding), and Urban Glass. I did residencies at Contemporary Artists’ Center in North Adams, MA (conceptual art,) School of Visual Arts, (public art) and the Seward Johnson Atelier (iron casting).
Since leaving retailing I’ve served on the Board of Control of The Art Students League and as president of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. I’m a member of 14 Sculptors, a tight-knit group that produces gallery and outdoor sculpture exhibitions for parks, libraries and university galleries and with whom I show frequently.