Bachelor, Whitworth College, 1959; postgraduate, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1959-1960; Master of Fine Arts, Boston University, 1963; Master of Arts (honorary), Dartmouth College, 1993; studied with Walter Murch, Karl Fortess and Herman Keys.
Instructor Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, 1964-1965. Associate professor, director Master of Fine Arts and visiting artist program Fort Wright College, 1965-1972. Acting dean, co-founder Spokane Studio School, 1972-1974.
Professor painting and drawing School Art and Art History University Iowa, Iowa City, 1975-1988. George Frederick Jewett professor art Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, since 1993. Chairman studio art department Dartmouth College, Hanover, 1988-1994, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 1990.
Area head painting University Iowa, 1985. Artist-in-residence Queens College, University Melbourne, Australia, 1993-1994. Visiting artist, lecturer Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, 1996, Houghton (New York ) College, 1996, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, 1996, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1997, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 1997, Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1997, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1998, Seattle Pacific University, 2002, Bowling Green University, Ohio, 2003, Williams College, Willamstown, Massachusetts, 2003, numerous others.
Member National Academy of Design (academician member, 1994), College Art Association.
Married Jean Marilyn Russel, August 26, 1960. Children: Jennifer Kathleen, Benjamin Franklin IV.