Artist dan vaughan

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Education and Background
I was born and raised in Michigan receiving degrees in biology and medicine from Michigan State University and Wayne State University, respectively.  While my science studies left little time for training in art, I have always been a serious photographer. My retirement in 2003 from the University of North Carolina, has allowed the opportunity to devote more time to painting.   Being a biologist by training, I like to incorporate wildlife in their natural habitats. Having a great appreciation of the out-of-doors, I enjoy painting a wide variety of the beautiful vistas in North America. The Big Sur, the North Carolina Coast, the mountainous terrains of Utah, Colorado, Alberta, British Columbia and Newfoundland have all provided inspiration. Through plein air I have enjoyed painting local scenes in Orange, Chatham, Durham, and Alamance counties. 
Though my pursuit of art came in later years, it has been aided by my serious photography hobby of over 45 years. Many of the elements of a good painting are reflected in a good photograph including composition, lighting, value, and color.
Art Training

Pastel painting, Herb Slapo, Chapel Hill Senior Center
Oil painting, Alamance Community College
Pastel painting and drawing, Jolanta Kokot (private lessons)
Oil painting, David Sovero, Chapel Hill Senior Center
Color Theory, Duke University Continuing Studies (OLLI)
American Painters: Homer, Hopper, Eakins, Duke University Continuing Studies (OLLI)
Workshop with Maggie Price, founding Editor, Pastel Journal