Cliff grew up in an environment where art was not part of the daily experience… rather, expectations directed that he obtain training and work that would pay the rent and put food on the table. After a few years in the aerospace and higher education sectors he took a job that gave him the opportunity to travel, work, and live in over 40 different countries and many places in the U.S.
Cliff’s attitude is that you work so you can live, and that attitude, coupled with the variety of locales in which he has lived, gave him the chance to try his hand at photography and to appreciate the art, crafts, and artistic skills that abound in our world. While stationed in the Philippines he was introduced to Chinese painting and studied with Professor Chen Bing Sun the classical/traditional method of Chinese Brush Painting. He also studied the contemporary/freestyle method of Chinese painting with Hau Chiok and his wife Sy Chiu Hua. In the U.S., Chinese Brush Painting and Japanese Brush Painting are both identified as “Sumi-e”. While living in Washington D.C. Cliff had several paintings juried into national shows of the Sumi-e Society of America.
Cliff’s interest in art has led him to take classes and experiment with other genres of art including; pottery, silk screen, relief printing with lino blocks, etching with dremel tools, lithographic printing with drawings on stone, painting with acrylics, oils, and watercolor, religious icon painting, rug hooking, picture framing, and photo book design and printing. These excursions into the arts have provided an appreciation for the skills and dedication of the artists who pursue each art form.