In 1988 he journeyed to Florence, Italy for 2 years training at Studio Cecil-Graves under the tutelage of Charles Cecil and Daniel Graves. Continuing his education he went to England where he studied in museums and travelled around Europe returning to Italy six months later to help Daniel Graves open the After painting and teaching at the academy for two years he returned to North Carolina in 1992.
There he set up a studio where he continued to paint as well as teach a select number of students. That summer he assisted D. Jeffrey Mims in teaching a workshop on plein air figure and portrait painting.
He had a series of one-man shows in North Carolina and Hollis Taggart Galleries in Washington D.C. He has exhibited with teachers and peers in Florence Academy Alumni exhibitions in London, England, The Italian Institute in San Francisco, California and the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida as well as in numerous solo and group shows in the US and Europe.