Mr. Volk was born in Brooklyn in in 1932 and at the age of eleven months he was sent to Germany. In Germany he lived for a time in the house of a Mr. Hoch, who was a well-known painter of Aschaffenburg scenes and altar pieces. This early influence sparked his influence in art.
After the war, he returned to the United States in 1947. He attended Halsey Jr. High School and learned English while others learned German. His growing interest in art was again influenced by his art teacher, Miss Drew. Mr. Volk attended Brooklyn College and in l955 received a B.A. in Art Education. Among his teachers there were: Marc Rothko, Burgoune Diller, Kurt Seligman. Ad Rheinhardt and Hans Holtzman - who brought Mondrian to New York. In 1964 he received his Masters Degree from NYU.
Mr. Volk began his teaching career at Margaretville Central School. He taught in the Spackenkill School system for over 25 years, as well as teaching for short periods in Island Trees, Long Island NY, and Brookfield-Oriskany Falls. He has also lectured and conducted classes for adults in both oil and watercolor.
For the last ten years Volk has been attending evening sessions at Barrett House and summer sessions at the Woodstock School of Art. His teachers have been: Franklin Alexander, Alan Gavin, Margaret Flitsch and Chris Klingle; Carolyn Edlund at Barrett House in the last two years.
Mr. Volk enjoys the spontaneity of working with watercolor as well as the more studied approach demanded by his acrylic still lifes. He hopes to spend more time doing landscapes of the Hudson.
Mr. Volk is the curator for the Unitarian Universalist Society of Poughkeepsie.