Born and raised in Alabama, I spent most of my childhood working on a farm and calling my grandmother "Big Mama."
My life has been filled with music, color and some drama (including a stint working at a mental ward) and now..... I find myself doing what I love most: all of it. (Except the mental ward part.)
As a performer I've appeared as Monsieur Reyer in the Broadway National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, where I toured most of the United States and much of Canada for nearly eight years. I've also appeared as Gus in the Broadway National Tour of Cats, Webber in The Last Empress at Lincoln Center, and as Javert in Les Miserables at Northern Stage. In 2016 I played Nate in Newton’s Cradle with the New York Musical Festival directed by Tony award winning actress/director Victoria Clark. Film and TV credits include the Make-up Artist in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, Michael in Under Shelter, Oscar in Outside the Window, Rusty in King's Day Out and Michael and Sammy in the Mary Tyler Moore TV series, New York News. I produced, directed and edited a short film- Dear Mr. Spielberg- which was screened at the Sundance Festival and my writing/directing skills have been showcased in multiple works performed at the West End Theatre in New York City.
With my wife, Erin Stewart, (who I met while performing with Phantom), we have developed an evening of music together- A Broadway Cabaret, including some of our favorite musical theatre tunes- old and new.
I've been painting and illustrating professionally for over 25 years. My work has been seen at The Crawford Gallery, The Unframed Art Gallery, The Wired Gallery's Art Foray at Mohonk, and art fairs throughout the Hudson Valley and Manhattan. I continue to sell privately and also through Etsy.
My inspiration to paint comes from the desire to share images that I have found especially moving. I'm an observer and I try to reflect what I see. I think performing has helped me with this aspect. As an actor, you are constantly observing other people, yourself.... your emotions. It's the same with painting. I'm obsessed with the details.
Being a mostly at home Dad has also given me a fresh lens. My son inspires me daily which has resulted in blogging and more painting. And sometimes dance parties.
I write a monthly blog on art and fatherhood and my column, Daddy Debrief: Musings from a Hudson Based Dad, is published with the Country Wisdom News. I have also been a freelance writer with The Blue Stone Press.
I live in Ulster County with my wife, Erin and our 6 year old son, Finn. He is by far my most favorite project to date.