MFA Northern Illinois University
BAE University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Art Faculty Normandale Community College 2002 to 2016
Art Faculty Highland Community College Freeport Illinois 1993-4
I explore various mediums for artistic expression. My work embodies two levels of awareness in the process. The first is the desire to construct works that address and solve purely formal problems. The second level of awareness is the visualization of the emotional and psychological exploration that occurs. The aspects are connected and both are integral to the resolution of each piece.
Color is of primary importance in my work. One of my prime motivations to paint is that I see the artistic process as one of engaging in a visual language. Inner thoughts held loosely in my mind’s eye reach full force of expression when reconstituted on the canvas. Usually, I can look at a series of work as a sort of diary of my journey. It is in the act of painting spontaneously and intuitively that thoughts emerge and are given form and substance on the canvas. In retrospect, I can ‘read’ what I have ‘written’ and see where I’ve been.
Recently, I have been interested in a visual representation of an intersection of energy, a moment of connection or synchronicity. I constantly seek greater understanding of historical and contemporary art, especially as related to my own work. I seek always to encounter challenges that will enable me to define and refine my creative gifts.