Brad combines his passion for making art with his concerns for our environment by incorporating a Japanese Zen philosophy known as wabi-sabi. His award-winning work is exhibited in both solo and juried group exhibitions garnering acclaim from environmentalists and art lovers alike.
Growing up in Central Pennsylvania, son to a successful sign painter, Brad must have inherited the creative gene. His grandfather was a stonemason whose decorative stone carvings can be found on the facades of New York City brownstones and public buildings in Washington, DC and an ancestor was recorded as an artist in Civil War muster roles. He can remember many days spent as a child at his father’s sign shop watching the exacting method of hand lettering his father was known for; eventually learning firsthand the sign painter’s craft. Those hours also instilled in him at a young age the business sense needed by a creative person to become successful at what they loved doing.
He showed signs of creative talent during his childhood as he spent hours filling sketchbooks with drawings from everyday observations of his personal environment to fantasy scenes from his imagination. Brad recalls, “I can remember in sixth grade being asked to stay after school by my teacher. It wasn’t for disciplinary reasons. On the contrary, the teacher presented me with a box of colored blackboard chalk and asked me to create a winter scene on one the classroom blackboards to decorate the room for the Christmas season.” His talent continued to mature as he progressed through the grades. In high school he took advantage of every opportunity to schedule time in the art room, even figuring out a way to escape taking chemistry his senior year so he could create art. It all paid off as he won a regional award for graphic design in his senior year. Inspired by his high school art teachers’ commitment to visual arts education, he made the decision to pursue the same field of study to become an art teacher himself. Upon graduation, he entered the art education program at Kutztown University.
During his 34 years spent as an art educator he received several honors through “Who’s Who of American Teachers” and the 1990 national ‘Art Teacher as Artist’ award from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was through this award that he participated in a residency program at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. While teaching, his own art took many turns in its development, from detailed wildlife drawings in scratchboard, graphite, and colored pencil (even working for a graphics poster company out of Woodstock, VT) to oil landscapes of the area to finally Zen inspired nature paintings in acrylics which he is most known for today. It was his continued concern for our environment and a visit to the natural beauty of Sedona, AZ and the Grand Canyon that guided him into this unique style of painting. Two of his works recently hung beside some of America’s greatest artists known for their inclusion of nature in their work. The 2010 survey exhibition was held at the Hudson River Museum, New York and presented over 60 original works by American artists from the Hudson River school to present day. The selection committee used one of his paintings as the frontispiece image for the exhibition catalog. He belongs to several professional organizations, one of which includes the Colored Pencil Society of America where he achieved Signature Status.
Brad recently relocated to Black Mountain, NC where he resides today with his wife. He supports both local and national environmental groups, often donating portions of gallery proceeds to these worthy causes. He maintains a painting studio in the River Arts District in Asheville, North Carolina.
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