A Missouri native and alumnus of the University of Missouri, Kansas City Art Institute, Yale University, and Boston University. I have spent my life practicing, teaching, and promoting the medium of painting. I have exhibited in numerous galleries across the United States, and Mexico. I have received accolades from the New York Times, Arts Magazine and other publications. I have been a professor at several institutions including Temple University, Louisiana State University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Mineral Area College. Returning to Missouri from Mexico gave me fresh eyes for the poetry of the landscape and characters from my youth. This has led to a sort of ironic regionalism that monumentalizes everyday scenes with tender familiarity.