Color Field painter whose best known works included "Where" and the "Veil Paintings." He personally destroyed most of his work from 1955 until 1957.
He was awarded a scholarship that enabled him to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art from 1929 until 1933, although he did not finish his courses. He was employed in the easel division of the Works Progress Administration while residing in New York from 1936 until 1940.
He was one of the founders of an art movement known as the Washington Color School.
He was born and raised in Baltimore. He and Marcella Siegel wed in 1947.
He was a contemporary of Jackson Pollock.