Born in St. Louis, only child of two painters. Family soon moves to New York area, vacationing in artist's colony at Ogunquit Maine.
Works at nautical design in Maine and New York, works for Boeing Aeronautics, studies engineering at U. Michigan. Aspirations include designing sail-craft.
Trains as pilot, serves in U.S. airforce, European theater. Wins purple heart.
Recovers in Mexico. Decides to become an artist.
Moves to Ogunquit, Maine full time. Studies painting with father "Gustav" William von Schlegell.