About Me? I Paint and I Write.

That really has been my story since I was in the sixth grade when I won an essay contest that was presented by a Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. I began studying art in the eighth grade at the William E. Gebhardt School of Art along with my friend Bob Hebenstreit. At Hughes High School, I wrote for the newspaper, was editor of our annual and drew cartoon figures I called “umbilicals” because they all had belly buttons. At UC, as a pre-med student, I was editor of the university’s yearbook and worked as assistant sports information director for the Bearcat Athletic Department where I fed stories about our athletes to local and national sports reporters while the football team won the conference and the basketball team just missed winning its third-straight NCAA title. Those were good days.

After graduating, I became a full-time sports reporter before turning to promotional writing that led eventually to a life-long career as a marketing strategist. For 20 years, I was president of one of America’s 50 largest promotional marketing agencies serving some of the biggest brands in the country. I volunteered as marketing director for United Way for 7 years and was named one of their Top 100 All-Time Volunteers and led marketing for 4 years for the Cincinnati Art Fund.

Seen here with Carin Hebenstreit, my figure art instructor, and Bob Hebenstreit, my friend since the fourth grade … it was Bob who was already an accomplished artist in grade school that encouraged me to attend art school with him when we were in the sixth grade at Wm. E. Gebhardt School of Art.

Along the way, I studied art with Robert Fabe, Kim English, Carin Hebenstreit, Ken Landon Buck, Tom Bluemlein and Richard Luschek. I write or paint nearly every day with my work published in national art magazines and hanging on the walls of many homes. I am a member of the Cincinnati Art Club where I serve as Communications Chair which includes being editor of the Club’s Dragonfly newsletter and our new Imagine magazine, plus Club branding, publicity, and social media.

My wife and I have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren. They are our passion. I attend Hope Church in Mason, OH.

I cannot wait until this pandemic is over.

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