Born in Savannah, Ga, Al began a career with the Civil Service with the Air National Guard, later moving to the US Air Force. After leaving Civil Service in 2000, he moved to Baltimore, MD, and worked as a Systems Engineer with Northrop Grumman. Upon retiring in 2015, Al moved back to South Carolina and turned his focus to the art of watercolors. He currently resides outside of Pendleton.
Al has been actively painting and drawing since high school. A self-taught artist, he experimented with several different mediums such as pastels, acrylic, and oil. He studied drafting in college and the precision developed there works its way into some of his art. Since 2009, watercolor has been his medium of choice. While in Maryland, Al was active in the Annapolis Watercolor Club and the Baltimore Watercolor Society, where he entered numerous juried art shows with both organizations winning several awards. Al studied Impressionist Art under the tutelage of Lee Boynton of Annapolis, MD.
After moving to Pendleton, he became a member of the Anderson Artist Guild, the Anderson Arts Center, and the South Carolina Watermedia Society. His style of work is mostly realism with some impressionist influences. He likes to combine landscapes with industrial or architectural features.
He has attended numerous workshops with many well-known artists such as Bruce Handford, Betty Carr, Susan Archer, and Anne Abgott. He is continually expanding his abilities by learning new techniques and experimenting with differing styles. He constantly strives to broaden his horizons while sharpening his skills.
In 2023 Al was selected to be the President of the South Carolina Watermedia Society.