While continuing his career in the theater, he began to participate in group shows at various galleries. His first solo show was at the Brian Hall Gallery in New York . Subsequent solo shows followed at the Catherine du Jardin Gallery in New York, the Marie Pellicone Galleries in both New York and East Hampton, and the Frank Gianetta Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A fire at the Gianetta Gallery in 1989 destroyed many of his works from this period.
In the late 1980s he decided to relinquish his acting career and devote himself entirely to painting. He opened his own gallery in New York featuring American Painting of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s — works from the W.P.A. in particular.