Ozzie Arnts is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Photographic Imaging. During his studies there, he learned the importance of composition, perspective, values, and treatment of subject matter—all necessary in the construction of a successful painting.
After graduating, he was employed by Cornell University for their Photographic Science Department. In 1959, Ozzie purchased a portrait studio in Allenhurst, which he operated for many years. Following in the footsteps of some relatives, he became interested in painting and studied with Anthony Ventura.