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Lived/Active: United States      Known for: sports, jazz, landscape, portrait

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from the artist, whose studio is in Mobile, Alabama:

The studio artist and illustrator was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1959. He is mainly self taught and displayed his talent at a very early age, doing his first painting at age 9. Buzz won his first art competition by the age of 10 while attending Kate Shepard Elementary School. He was a scholastic magazine Gold Key scholarship winner in the Kansas State Art Competition at the age of 17 and received a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute, which he attended while still in high school.

Buzz also excelled in the classroom and on the sports field while in high school, graduating in the top 10% of his class, lettering in two sports and receiving the Explorer Post Athletic Award of Excellence for the Kansas City Area.

Upon graduation in 1977, from Shawnee Mission West High School, he received a Miller Art Merit Scholarship. He studied Art at Kansas State University and then at the University of South Alabama, worked part time and competed as a sprinter on the University's track team. He was a member of the South Alabama School record 4x100 meter relay team in 1981. While in college, Buzz decided not to pursue a major in Fine Arts, having many other varied interests, One such interest led him to pursue a degree in Operations Management, but he continued taking several Art classes as time allowed.

Buzz graduated with honors from the University of South Alabama in 1983, with a BS in Operations Systems Management and enough hours for a Minor in Fine Arts. After Graduation, Buzz began a 20-year career in the manufacturing and computer support field.

However, most spare moments are spent creating, painting, learning and developing his own artistic style. Buzz has worked in both 2D and 3D mediums since his childhood, including wood, clay ceramics, pencil, ink, pastels, acrylics, oils and watercolors. His subject matter has a wide range from sports art, (which he is most widely known for), jazz art, landscapes, portraits and vibrant impressionistic character studies that depict everyday life.


1) 1969 Kate Shepard School First Place Painting
2) 1973 Trailridge Junior High School Outstanding Art Student Award
3) 1975 Shawnee Mission West High School First Place, Drawing
4) 1976 Shawnee Mission West High School Third Place, Oil Painting
5) 1977 Shawnee Mission West High School First Place, Watercolor, Print Design
6) 1977 Scholastic Magazine Gold Key Award Finalist- Painting
7) 1977 Miller Art Merit ScholarshipAward
8) 1977 National Ford Foundation Art Scholarship, Finalist
9) 1984 Cover Design "Computers in Art", Mobile, Al. Mobile Art Patrons League.
10) 1991 Cover Design "The Paris France Air Show", Menasco Aerosystems, Fort Worth, Texas.
11) 1993, Cover Design for "The Bayside Loafer Magazine", Senior Bowl Edition.
12) 1994, Cover Design for "The Bayside Loafer Magazine", Fall Football Edition


1969 Kate Shepard School Annual Art Show
1975 Shawnee Mission West High School Annual Art Show
1976 Shawnee Mission West High School Annual Art Show
1977 Shawnee Mission West High School Annual Art Show
1977 Scholastic Magazine Art Show, State of Kansas
1977 National Ford Foundation Scholarship Competition
1977 Miller Art Scholarship Competition, Wichita State University.
1977 Art in the Plaza Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, Mo.
1978 Kansas State University, Annual Student Art Exhibit.
1984 Mobile Art Patrons League, "Computers in Art Show".
1993, 1998 Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival. Fairhope, Alabama
1993 One-Man Show Suitable for Framing, Bel Air Mall, Mobile, AL.
1993 One-Man Show L.A. Getaway, Gulf Shores, Alabama.
1993 One-Man Show Bear Bryant Museum, Tuscaloosa, AL.
1993 One-Man Show Alabama Alumni Association, Fairhope, Alabama.
1993 One-Man Show Red Elephant Club, Baldwin County. Magnolia Grove Golf Club
1993 Through 2002 Greater Gulf State Fair Professional Exhibit.

1993 March 18th -Mobile Press Register, Baldwin Press Register Interview/feature Story. Mobile, Alabama for the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival.

1993 WKRG Interview with Scott Hunter and George Teague Live at the Capt.'s Table. Mobile, Alabama on the Causeway.

1993 WKRG Interview on the Morning Show with Scott Hunter and Randy Patrick.

1993 March 21st WABB, WKRG, 92 Zoo, and others Coverage of Signing of 1992 Alabama National Championship print with George Teague and Artist together.

1993 May Issue - Huntsville Times Newspaper Interview Feature Story.

1997 "ART IS" weekly TV show Guest Interview, featuring Art and Entertainment along the Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, Gulf Coast Channel 6 Comcast TV.

2000 "SPORTS RADIO 105.5 - Thanksgiving Week Broadcast Guest Interview.
Release of 1999 SEC FOOTBALL Championship Print featuring Alabama Football players Shaun Alexander and Mobile's Chris Samuels.

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