My Story

I am a San Francisco-based figurative artist, writer and lecturer. I was born in Oxford, Mississippi and raised in America’s deep south until I was twelve. I spent the majority of my teenage years living between Los Angeles and New York,  finally settling in California’s wine country north of San Francisco. I have a B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design and a M.F.A. from the Academy of Art University, both with honors. I teach figurative courses for the graduate department at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I have received over forty accolades for my paintings, including ones from:  Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Pastel Society of America, Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Pastel Journal, Northern California Artists Association and University of Oregon. My work has been featured in six museum shows and is collected by civic and educational institutions, as well as private patrons across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Writing about art is a big part of my art practice. I am the editor-in-chief of I have also been published by Palgrave Macmillan, the Military History Quarterly and American Arts Quarterly. I am currently writing a book on Russian art.

Russian Art Tour
I am the founder of Russian Art Tour (, which allows me the pleasure of lecturing on both Russian and European art in Moscow and St. Petersburg.