Résumé and Curriculum Vitae

1961 to Present

  • 1961 While still attending high school in Norfolk, VA; I studied Fine Arts at William and Mary College of Williamsburg, in their Extension Division, Norfolk, VA.
  • 1962 Studied at Winona State College, where I began my major Fine Arts, as well as other pertinent Subjects.
  • 1964-65 Next, I studied at University of Missouri, Colombia, MO. Again, majoring in Fine Arts.
  • 1965-66 I transferred to University of Missouri, Rolla, MO; which was an engineering school. I pursued classes in Architectural Drafting.
  • 1967-69 Studied at University of Alaska in the Extension Division, Juneau, where I took more Art and figure drawing classes.
  • 1969 Traveled to Nome, Alaska, where I met many carvers, crafters, and artisans from the many different Northern Alaska Native Tribes. I became intimately familiar with the ivory carvings, and HOW TO SPOT crucial characteristics of Artifacts. Which translates to other Pre-Colombian cultures, as well. Highly useful skill.
  • 1970-71 Attended Chouinard Art School. At that time, it was the finest Art School in the country. It was purchased, that year, by Walt Disney Studios, and moved to Valencia; renamed California Institute of the Arts, in 1972. This is where I took a battery of Ethics class.
  • 1972-73 I was hired as a Graphic Artist for Alaska State Department of Fish and Game. I spent an inordinate amount of time at the library while designing the brochures for all the different animals, which reside in Alaska. It was imperative that the drawings be scientifically accurate. This is where I achieved my ability to recognize anatomically accurate animals in paintings, carvings, and sculpture. Currently, Alaska State Department is still using the brochures, I had created.
  • 1974-89 Insurance Agent, Financial Planner, and Mutual Funds Representative; wherein I won a number of prestigious awards: ChFc with NY LIFE.

I remained in the Insurance Business for a number of years, always missing the Art Industry. I was the number one, largest producer in 1989, for Group Medical Insurance, out of 10,000 NY Life agents. I was also a very active Mutual Funds Representative as a Series 7 licensee; I was interviewed repeatedly (every 6 months) by S.E.C. personnel, as well as fingerprinted by the F.B.I. I had a fiduciary responsibility to the public. There was a battery of Ethics questions every 90 days: One learns to live within those privacy guidelines. I learned well, and still practice those procedures, daily. Being in the Insurance Industry all those years has enhanced my credibility within the Insurance Claims Offices with whom I work hand in hand.

  • 1991-04 I owned three different Galleries in Alaska over a fifteen year period, achieving with each move, a more polished better location. Because it was my business, I became one (of several) of the most informed authorities on Ivory carvings and all types of artifacts. In 2002, I was the 4th largest gross (earnings) Art Gallery in Anchorage, Alaska…a city of 250,000. I sold my last Gallery and moved to Denver, Colorado…after writing my book about the Art Industry in general. That specific book is featured on my website…It is currently in the 3rd edition.
  • 2002-04 I started in the Appraisal Business, licensed by the State of Alaska as Aurora Lights Gallery.
  • 2004-05 After the sale of my business, I found myself momentarily cash flush; I went to Italy to study the old Masters, in Rome and Florence. I concentrated on Restoration classes of Original Oils.
  • 2005-13 Started Estate Appraisals Gallery, licensed by the State of Colorado; business license. I set up my contacts at all the Museums in the whole quad state area where I studied and consulted. Now the printing of my THIRD edition is complete, which includes many stories of Interesting Appraisals I have completed in the past.

During that period of time I had traveled to Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, where I studied, in depth, the Great Southwest Art and Artifacts. I was intrigued with Renowned Artists of the Great Southwest and with the century old (to present) artifacts that I continued to study.

  • 2008-13 While working out of Denver, CO, I decided to branch out my network to San Diego, CA. I traveled between the two states often, and while I was happy satisfying all my clients, in both states, I realized I needed to settle down to only one location. As of 2013 I no longer work out of Denver, CO and changed the name of the business to Coronado Appraisals, LLC.
  • 2017 Due to my extensive marketing and my constant desire as an Appraiser, I have managed to make contacts in different areas of the art world. As of February 2017, I am, happy to announce I now have translators for the Russian, German, Asian, Indian, Japanese, and Spanish languages. Additionally, I have 6 experts who work with me: Firearms, Pre-Colombian Artifacts, Gems & Jewelry, Asian Art, Sterling & Porcelains, Coins & Stamps, Vintage Books, and Restoration of Old Master’s paintings.

Additional Areas of Work and Training

  • 1966-73 I worked for the Little Theater in Juneau and Douglas, then later in Anchorage as their Costume Designer. I was in charge of production of all the costumes for the season, I did a huge amount of research on costumes, which came naturally to me after attending Chouinard Art School. This has been extremely helpful in Fine Arts Appraisals when the image shows Costumes…I can zero in on the Country and Century, in an image, while endeavoring to ascertain the Artist and the Country of origin…simply by viewing. My background as an Architectural Draftsman has allowed my extensive knowledge of housing styles throughout the world, and through the centuries. Again this is helpful when viewing unfamiliar images in order to analyze which Country and which School or period of Art I am viewing.
  • 1989 For three weeks, I had the opportunity to study at the Smithsonian Institute in Military Uniforms, in Washington, DC. I was allowed into the back rooms with the director. What an awesome experience for studying military history of the U.S.
  • 1992-03 I was able to study with the Curators of the Museums in Juneau, and later Anchorage and Fairbanks….Decidedly increasing my ability to ascertain REAL authentic native Art from copies and reproductions: extremely helpful in viewing pre-Colombian Artifacts and those of NM and AZ, for the Native American Artifacts. I can recognize reproductions of Native Efforts in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as Arizona, and elsewhere.
  • 2005-13 I spent a great deal of time in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico and studying, as well, at The Chicago Art Institute…as required by my continuous Education Licensing Guidelines, and as required by I S A and USPAP licensing.