I cannot remember a time when I didn't draw, sketch, or doodle on every school paper, homework or note pad available to me. As a child, I was involved in showing horses and taking care of our family farm in upstate New York. Any time I sat still, a bale of hay or a warm summer day, I was drawing and creating. Although I remember being encouraged in grade school, it really wasn't until I moved to Florida in 1979 and took art classes with fine artist Jack Thursby. Jack was instrumental in encouraging me that I truly had a future in art. I was accepted to Ringling College of Art & Design and graduated as an illustrator, with honors in 1983.

In 1985, I founded Verrandeaux Visual Communications, Inc. which was a full-service marketing and advertising firm in Ocala, Florida. The firm grew to become a million + business, but I always knew I wanted to pursue a fine arts career later. After 21 years, that later came in April of 2006, when I sold the business and devoted my time to painting full-time.

I had begun to pursue commissioned portrait work around 1999. It is a discipline that is very fitting for my style. I absolutely love animals and love being able to capture not just the resemblance of someone, but the true character.

The portrait work is very fitting for my upbringing, my "art shows" are horseshows. Growing up showing hunters and jumpers, has allowed me to feel right at home among the trainers and exhibitors.