I am 45 years married with a wonderful wife and 2 kitty cats.
My politics are left of center but have not always been that way. I was a centrist for a good many years. Age has mellowed me I guess. I do not tolerate bigotry in any form. I believe we are one world, one people, and share all the problems on this planet especially caring for the less fortunate.
Although I am an award winning oil painter, my passion is gardening. I have gardens around my home divided into different garden rooms. They take the form of English Gardens, White Garden, Secret Garden, Winter Garden, Cottage Garden, Herb Garden, and Thyme Garden. These gardens are on yearly tour and are visited by many during the flowering season.
I enjoy traveling and learning about and taking part in other cultures. Europe is my favorite place and I have often thought of relocation there. Paris is my favorite city. When there it is always hard to leave for home.
An accomplished cook, I prepare most meals here and enjoy throwing dinner parties for 8 or more.
I collect 18th and 19th century furniture and porcelains and enjoy art from the same periods.
Asian art and antiques fill out the bulk of my collections.
I have been a deep water sailor, a musician at the symphony level, civil rights activist, and have served with or on the boards of Junior Achievement, Artist in Residency, St Vincent de Paul Society and as President of a local Historical Society. I am a practicing Catholic and attend mass regularly. I also worked with the 2008 campaign of President Obama.
When I worked I was in charge of a power plant that generated electricity and supplied the processing steam for a major paper manufacturer. Since my retirement at age 56 I have pursued my dreams.
For the last 15 years my wife and I have owned and operated a custom framing shop. This is mainly her business and I serve as the handyman. Besides the framing we also handle 18th and 19th century art prints and etchings and maintain a gallery of our original art.
I have a great sense of humor and very broad shoulders for my friends who need them. My greatest fault is that my mind never left the 1960's and the idealism of that period. So in a large part I am stuck musically, and culturally in that time frame. Of course the mind has wiped out all of the bad things about that same period, the assassinations, war, Richard Nixon etc.
I would rather see myself in the mud at Woodstock or smelling flowers in San Francisco. I am a dreamer............
The first Slideshow below is of pictures that I took at Monet's gardens in Giverny, France 2012. The second slideshow is of my gardens. I am no Claude Monet.