Learning to paint in oils was always one of Gene's goals in life, but he got started rather late. Gene earned a Ph.D. in Genetics from Duke University in 1983 and spent most of his career as an educator and research scientist in genetics at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee. He then followed that career by ten years as a real estate broker in the Hudson Valley of New York. In June 2014, after 25 years of visiting and enjoying New Mexico, he retired and moved to Placitas. Gene has always been drawn to representational art, particularly to work from the 19th-century Hudson River School and Impressionist periods as different ways of visualizing the natural world. He was fortunate in 2010 to be able to begin drawing and painting classes with a neo-Hudson-River-School painter, Kevin Cook, in New Paltz, New York His primary focus has been on creating landscapes in the Hudson-River-School style, and is currently applying that style and techniques to painting landscapes of the western US (Thomas Moran and Frederic Church are inspirations here).He loves working with subtleties of color—1000 shades of gray, if you will—much like the Hudson River School painters did. Creating these landscapes is a very special reward of which he never tires.