Born in New York City. Prior to becoming a painter attended The New York School of Music as a composition major with a minor in conducting. In 1963 under an Italian Government Assistance Fellowship studied advanced composition with Victoria Reiti and Aramado Renzi at The Santa Ceilia Music Conservatory in Rome. Upon returning to New York City in 1966 assisted John Cage in a series of experimental theatre pieces performed at the Pocket Theatre. 

Moved to Los Angeles in 1967 to study painting and sculpture at The Chouinard Art Institute. Received B.F.A. degree in 1970. Upon graduation joined the faculty as a drawing and painting instructor while attending The University of California as an Art History candidate. After receiving an M.A. degree, taught at various universities in California while maintaining a studio and concentrating on an exhibition career. Returned to New York City in 1985.

Maintains a studio in Tribeca.