Painter of the Alaskan frontier known for his images of village life, Alaskan landscapes, and wild animals.
He arrived in the Alaska territory intending to pay a brief visit to his uncle. However, he loved the area so much that he stayed there for the rest of his life.
He studied on the GI Bill at the Art Students League in New York. Shortly after his graduation, he arranged a successful solo exhibition of his artwork; more than half of his paintings sold within the event's first several hours.
He was born in Kenton, Ohio. He and writer Sara Dunn wed in 1947, settling in Palmer, Alaska in 1951, where he would spend the rest of his life.
He was greatly influenced by the work of his artistic contemporary Norman Rockwell.