Larry was born in Auburn, California and raised on a small family farm in Penryn. In pursuit of his love of art, he graduated from California State University, Sacramento with his Masters of Arts degree in Sculpture and Ceramics. During these years he opened three art galleries, most notably the first art gallery in the Tahoe region when he was just 21. He joined the full-time faculty at private Sierra Nevada College located in Incline Village, started the college’s ceramics and sculpture programs, and taught there for six years. After several long winters he returned to Penryn where he built his own home, raised his two boys and established a working pottery studio.
In 1987 he was appointed the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Placer County. During his eight year tenure, he developed and implemented such programs as the Auburn Art Walk, the Placer County Autumn Art Tour and the Arts in Schools program. Working out of the historical former Carnegie Library, the gallery space hosted over 100 exhibitions and many more visual artists. This home of the Arts Council also provided performance space for musicians, poets and stage plays.
After a “friendly defection” from the Arts Council, Larry developed the ARTS building complex in downtown Auburn. Standing for Arts, Retail, Technology Services, it became home to visual artists and art-related businesses. It remains in operation, and, in an ironic twist of fate, is now home to PlacerArts, the former Arts Council that Larry began. Larry still maintains a ceramics studio at this site after 15 years. During this time period, he began teaching art at Sierra College’s Rocklin Campus and continues that rewarding work. The ARTS building facility served as the inspiring model for the founders of Center for the Arts and the As If Gallery in Grass Valley.
As a bassman, Larry has played in blues clubs from Oakland to Reno. As part of ensembles, he has opened for acts such as Santana, Tower of Power, Lidia Penze and many others. Currently he plays in an Irish/Bluegrass band (he is a Scotsman by DNA tracing) and in a group specializing in Post Dylan Americana con Tex Mex.
Larry and his wife, Stephanie, who is the Executive Dean of Sierra College’s Nevada County Campus, live in Grass Valley.