My interest in drawing and painting began to develop when I was eight and I began informal training with William Goadby Lawrence, an accomplished oil and watercolor painter in Edgecomb and New York City. Bill Lawrence’s tutelage continued on and off for thirty years.
When I was nine, Bill kindly gave me an oil paint box, brushes, and paints. I still have the original paint box and brushes. When I was a little older, Bill gave me a watercolor palette, paints, brushes, and an easel all of which I still have and continue to use.
As a senior at Bowdoin College, I took a studio art course from Howard Warshaw. At the conclusion of the course, I enrolled at Columbia University Engineering graduate school. Still, he invited me to come out to Santa Barbara for further training should engineering not work out.
When I returned to Maine after going to school in New York City, Bill Lawrence taught me about watercolor painting. As a result of this kindly tutelage, I was inspired to someday make a success of it.
I have been involved in many pursuits that resulted in a series of commitments undertaken during overlapping periods of time. For example, I have been self-employed and held jobs in carpentry, large electrical power systems maintenance, oceanography, shipbuilding, sea trials, scientific instrument design, electronic circuit design, electrical wiring, plumbing, property maintenance, building restoration, building renovation, and building inspection.
Now that I am able to concentrate more fully on painting, I am looking forward to turning out more work, one painting at a time.
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