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My creativity revolves around three items: painting, photography and music. I typically focus all of my efforts on one of them at a time, but I have been involved with each of these mediums in different ways the past twenty plus years. When I am not painting, I can be found with my camera snapping photos. If I don't have my camera or a paintbrush in my hands, I'm probably holding my bass and playing music. You know what they say about idle hands.


I'm a former elementary art teacher turned elementary school principal and I absolutely love my profession. The young students that surround me on a daily basis provide me with the energy and focus to stay active and creative. My wife, Julie, provides me with the encouragement, inspiration and support (even when she has to wait patiently for me to set up my camera for the perfect shot) to continue my passion for creating.



b. 1977, Belleville, IL

Lives and works in Columbia, IL



2013     Maryville University, Ed.D, Educational Leadership

2007     Lindenwood University, M.A., Education

2006     Lindenwood University, M.A., Education Administration

2000     Webster University, B.A., Studio Art with certification to teach K-12 Art




2022-23     Group Exhibition, Schlafly Art Outside, St. Louis, MO

2019          Group Exhibition, Green Door Gallery, Webster Groves, MO

2016-23     Group Exhibition, Webster Arts Fair, Webster Groves, MO

2017-19     Group Exhibition, Art on the Square, Belleville, IL

2014-16     Group Exhibition, Taste of St. Louis, Chesterfield, MO  

2015          Solo Exhibition, The Spaces In Between, Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2012          Solo Exhibition, Senses, 33 Wine Bar, St. Louis, MO

2011          Group Exhibition, Soulard Art Market and Contemporary Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2011          Group Exhibition, Vino Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2004          Group Exhibition, Mapping Memory, Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO

2003          Group Exhibition, Under Cover: Book Arts, St. Louis Artist Guild, St. Louis, MO

2003          Solo Exhibition, Unscene, Ritz Lounge, St. Louis, MO


2018     Ed and Helen Karasek Purchase Award, Art on the Square

2017     Best of Show, Driven to Abstraction II, Soulard Art Gallery 

2016     3rd Place, Taste of St. Louis, Art Walk

2016     Best Local Artist, Webster Arts Fair

2015     3rd Place, Taste of St. Louis, Art Walk

2014     Best of Show, Taste of St. Louis, Art and Wine Walk

2014     Work selected in I.O. Metro’s “local artist feature” for nationwide distribution in retail stores



Belleville News Democrat, May 2017

Zapf, Rudy: “You are Here”, Playback Magazine, February 2004, p. 25

St. Louis Post Dispatch, One for the Books, October 16th, 2003

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