I am an artist who lives in South Burlington, Vermont, USA. I paint in watercolor and oil. I also teach chemistry, general science, educational pedagogy and drawing classes at the University of Vermont.
I conduct workshops in writing, teaching and educational pedagogy in the United States and Canada, and have given presentations on scientific and artistic subjects in Europe, Asia, Russia and the Middle East. I now paint full time in my studio and conduct writing and drawing workshops here in Vermont. Recent exhibitions of my work have appeared in a number of Vermont galleries and other public venues (banks, restaurants and bookstores).
Mainly self taught, I have taken workshops from well known painters around the country. Ronald Swanwick in England, Eli Schwartz and Ottavio Gandolfi in Israel, Cynthia Debenedetti in California, and Tad Spurgeon in Vermont, have had the greatest impact on my artistic life.
The first drawings I ever made as a youngster were of my collections of crystals, insects and shells. I continue to draw, paint and take photographs of the things that interest me most, the people and places I meet here in Vermont and in my travels around the world. I consider drawing and painting a form of visual reasoning, a powerful and provocative way of learning about the world.
Here is a more formal resume of my academic life from 1968 to about 2002. In 2003 I began the transition from Professor of Chemistry to Emeritus Professor of Art, as an adjunct in the Art Department at the University of Vermont. In that capacity I have taught drawing classes in the Honors College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and also for Continuing Education. In the fall of 2008 I will be teaching “Drawing as a Way of Knowing” in the Teacher Advisor Program of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University.