was born in the borough of Queens, in N.Y.C.. He spent his early summers in the
Hamptons on Long Island where
he built his first boat with his dad and developed his love of the sea.
Although George was colorblind in the Blue field, it did not hinder his talent in any way. While in High School he
was recognized as a promising local artist by a Long Island newspaper.
After High School he studied
art briefly while still in N.Y. but shortly after high school he entered the military. Returning
to New York afterwards George opted for a traditional career and
began working for Eastern Airlines.
Over the next 25 years, while
with Eastern, he married and had two children. He spent time living in several states, and visited many areas that helped to influence his subject matter that always included water and ships or boats of all kinds.
However, George did not paint throughout most of his life. There are a few known to be with family, friends and on occasion a rare work sold through a local retail establishment.
The scenery in Baltimore's
Fells Point finally rekindled this love of the sea and he began to paint more.
He was asked to showcase his
artwork in a local gallery there, but at the same time Eastern offered a new position in Atlanta GA. So the opportunity for George to showcase his art never took place. In 1993 he met his 2nd wife Katherine. They were now living in VA. and had a wonderful life together but George still was not painting.
In 2006 shortly before his
planned retirement, George was diagnosed with Cancer, and in the
fall his kidney was
removed. Although the treatments were
helping and he was getting better,
George must have known his
time with us and his love of life might be short-lived. George
began to paint with passion
again. From the Spring of 2007 until
his death in July of 2008,
George produced over 200 works
in just over one year. All the artwork in our website is from this final year of his life, and each one was painted in about one day! His artwork is an amazing legacy of
his life. George spent his
final days producing some of his most beautiful images for others
George painted lighthouses,
ships and seaside landscapes for the most part. However, George's
best work is in his
ships. Galleons, Sailboats, Yachts, all intricately worked with every rope
on the rigging, every banister
in place, to the most minute detail.
It was amazing to see how
quickly George could
paint. This was especially interesting
when you remember George was colorblind in the
blue range and most of his art
was in the blue pallet !
All of George's paintings are
unique, original, one-of-kind creations. He used
acrylic on canvas and never
mass produced any of his
We hope you enjoy them.
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