Student, Pratt Institute, 1953. Student, Art Students' League, 1954. Student, Skowhegan School, 1956.
Student, Brooklyn Museum School (Graphics scholar), 1957. Bachelor of Arts in Art, University South Carolina, 1955. Master of Fine Arts, Columbia University, 1957.
District Attorney (honorary), Coastal Carolina University, 2000.
Faculty Swain School Design, New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1961-1964. Resident artist Wellesley (Massachusetts) College, 1964-1969. Assistant professor art Boston University, 1969-1970.
Professor University New Hampshire, 1970-1987, professor emeritus, since 1987. Artist-in-residence University Southern Maine, Gorham, 1990. Instructor workshop Academy Realist Art, Seattle, 1995, Art Students League, New York City, 1997-2000.
Instructor advanced drawing workshop National Academy School Fine Arts, New York City, 1997-1998. Board directors Artist Fellowship, New York City. Represented by Spaneirman Modern, New York City.
Member National Academy of Design (Leo Meisner prize 1983, academician 1990, member council, correspondent secretary since 1991), Society of America Graphic Artists, Pastel Society of America (Hall of Fame honoree 2004).
Married Anne Merck (divorced 1998). Children: David Paul, Shoshanna Lynn, Maxwell Merck Abeles.