Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation
Since my wife and I have retired to the Monterey Peninsula, I have been able to apply myself to learn to paint as an artist. I’ve taken local classes on drawing and painting, read books, and enjoyed online courses. I’m still learning a lot and trying out different styles and techniques, focusing on enjoying the process, not just the result.
I’m a member of the Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation (MPAF) and the Central Coast Art Association (CCAA). I’m also a contributing artist to Pacific Grove Art Center’s “Tiny Treasures” show.
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I was born and raised in California. Upon my high school graduation in Salinas, I attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, graduating with a degree in Engineering. From there, I spent greater than three decades in Silicon Valley developing computing technologies.
Looking back, I had a few influences that I believe led me to paint. First and most important was my mother who painted for pleasure, not a career, when I was growing up. The second was my great Aunt who was a professional artist and I was always so impressed with her many projects. The third was during my college years, I worked as a painter, not the artistic kind but the commercial kind. While I can’t claim any artistic relevance, I can say that I became very comfortable with the medium, the tools, and the attention to detail. Lastly, also during my college years, as an Engineering student not only did I have to learn the skills of technical drawing, I also worked as a draftsman at two technology companies, spending hundreds of hours, drawing a myriad of items.