I was raised in Southern California into a family of artists. Intimidated by their talents, I didn’t take up painting until much later, resolved to become a writer instead and wrote sports for various newspapers until my college days. I received my B.A. in English from California State University, Long Beach in 1972. Once-married, I have three children and three grandchildren, all of whom are smarter and better-looking than me. I have been at the Idyllwild Arts Academy since its inception in 1985, teaching a variety of courses, including American Literature, Western Literature, U.S. History, Western History, World Cultures, Mythology, Art History and Graphic Storytelling. Wishing to avoid further hard work, I semi-retired from teaching in 2003 and now devote my time to painting, watching baseball, writing a comic strip called “On the Fringe” for the local newspaper, directing the Krone Museum on the Idyllwild Arts campus, watching more baseball and developing and presenting arts education programs for children and adults.
Painting, other people's art, poetry, traditional American music, song writing and teaching. Did I mention baseball?