ABOUT THE ARTIST:
I was born on the west side of Cleveland to very creative parents. My mother was a very good sketch artist and piano player. My dad dabbled in oil painting (aquatic themes). By trade, he was a paint foreman for the city of Cleveland, working at the old stadium, public hall, and convention center.
At age 6, I started taking drum lessons and turned professional, playing with polka bands, at age 9. I was thrilled to be accepted as a member of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians Union, Local 4, at age 14. It seemed I was always playing drums, practicing, and drawing. I played drums in rock bands and studied art throughout high school and college. I was voted by ballot "Best Drummer in Cleveland" by Cleveland Scene Magazine in 1980.
I opened and owned my first rock nightclub, The Atomic Alp, in North Royalton at age 24. I opened a second club, The English Disco, at age 26 and the third club, After Dark, in the Flats at age 28. It was Cleveland's first disco.
I spent two years as a studio drummer in Cleveland and Boston, recording commercials, independent artist material, and sound tracks for local television stations. I recorded my first solo, Teen Beat, in 1984 (released only in Europe).
I received my Associates of Art degree from Cuyahoga Community College, majoring in Music, Art, English, and Psychology.
My style of painting is non-objective contemporary, done mainly in acrylic spray paint and ink. I start every painting with a basic idea and love not knowing exactly what the final outcome will be.