Ted is a Connecticut native residing in Uncasville, graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1965 and Thames Valley State Technical Institute (now Three Rivers) in 1967 with an Associate’s Degree in Tool and Manufacturing Technology. He was employed by Pratt & Whitney in a metallurgical research lab until 1969 when he joined the USN Submarine Service and served aboard the Navy’s last diesel boat, the USS Blueback SS581. Ted returned to Pratt & Whitney in 1971 and soon became an avid sailor. In 1981 he left Pratt to sail to the Caribbean with future wife Karin Hagelin on their 28-foot sloop Sea Foam. They were married in 1983 and continued working together aboard charter and private yachts, Ted as full-time USCG-licensed captain and Karin as mate and cook, for most of the next six years. After moving ashore in 1989 Ted retired from Thomas Faria Corp. in Uncasville where he was Customer Service Manager for 18 years.
Among his hobbies are photography, cooking, drumming, and motorcycling. After a short introductory to art class Ted began taking lessons in the early spring of 2006 studying oil portraiture and figure drawing under Christopher Zhang and Jack Monmeat.
Ted is now an Elected Artist at the Mystic Arts Center and an Associate Artist at the Lyme Art Association and Norwich Arts Center. He is a member of the Slater Museum in Norwich, the Von Schlippe Gallery in Groton, Hygienic Art Inc. in New London, New Britain Museum of American Art and former president of New London Art Students League. He has hung digital photos, pencil drawings, and oils in various juried shows and won a sponsors award for an oil in the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly’s Regional 2012 show, an Honorable Mentions for oil in the Hygienic Art 8th Crossing 2013 show and the Norwich Arts Center’s Artistic Wanderings 2013. Ted won First Prize and an Honorable Mention for his photography in the 2007 Rose City Renaissance Photographing Norwich contest and Honorable Mentions in Mystic Arts Center Photo Show 31 and Norwich Arts Center Photo 7.
Ted is staying true to his desires in continuing to improve skills, technique and developing his style in various media, primarily oil on canvas and graphite and charcoal on paper.