As a visual artist I am self-taught, at least in the technical sense, and I did not begin to paint until I reached my mid-fifties. Since then, for the past fifteen years, I have dedicated my energies to developing artistic competence and to representing my ideas and visions in a variety of media.
All of my art features hybrid creatures that partake of various species characteristics and that are often intensely engaged with one another across the species divide. A dog and a deer share a meal; a cat dances with a bird; a stag lifts up a small possum; mouse-girls wearing raccoon masks lie in bed with their pet cats. I started out as a painter and have since translated these creatures into other media: collages, shrines, dolls, even a deck of cards. Collectively, they constitute a world that resembles ours but is more joyful, more loving.
I was born in San Francisco; I moved to Minneapolis in 2010 from Columbia, Missouri, where I had gone to retire but ended up pursuing a second career as an artist. There I had a number of individual and small group shows: at the University of Missouri, Stephens College, and various public venues. I also exhibited single works in larger shows, where I won awards for paintings and for mixed media pieces. I taught several art workshops and was a founding partner in two Columbia art galleries: The Arsenic Leopard and Spare Parts Gallery. I have pieces in U.S. private collections from Hawaii to New York City as well as in Mexico. Now in my seventies, I continue to be active in the arts, as a member of the Vine Arts Center in the Seward neighborhood and as a participant in other shows around the city.
My work has been greatly influenced by art of the past, from medieval manuscript illuminations to early modern painters such as Matisse, Picasso, and the German Expressionists. I try to learn from the artists whom I admire by echoing what they have done, as a formof homage. They afford lenses through which I can look at the creatures of my own imagination. In the end, my broadest commitment is this: I believe in imagining better worlds, representing them in art, and working to make our own environments resemble our visions.