Bachelor with honours in Art, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee, 1975. Master of Fine Arts in Painting, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, 1981.
Lecturer art East Carolina University, 1981—1982, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, 1982—1984. Visiting assistant professor art University Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, 1986—1987. Artist-in-residence University North Carolina, Asheville, 1987—1991, from assistant professor to professor art, 1991—2004, professor art, since 2004.
Director S. Tucker Cooke Gallery University North Carolina, since 1994.
Chair Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center, Asheville, North Carolina, 1993—1995. Director Asheville Area Arts Council, 1994—2002, secretary, 2000—2002. Director Black Mountain Center Arts, 2003—2004, secretary, 2004.
Married Bette L. Bates, June 13, 1981. Children: Alison Hayley, Robin Elizabeth.