My formative years were greatly influenced by the geographical environments of eastern Wisconsin down to Chicago, IL that I inhabited during the 1950s - 1960's. My then deep involvements in music, dance, athletics, and other visual means of expression have all served as sources of inspiration, or as themes, to express my own physical and rhthymic energy with my perceptions of the natural world. These source materials continue to influence my visual work wholistically. Although I work in a wide range of media, often mixed and multidimensional, I am primarily a drawer and painter.
Formal education includes Goddard College in Plainfield, VT (1973), the U of M, and College of St. Kate's (MAED 2001).
I retired from teachng full-time in 2013, and have returned to teaching drawing to adults on a community ed level, completing unfinished studio work and creating large commissions for a Canadian company in Alberta, Calgary.
My visual work is an extension of my spirituality. I feel a very strong connection between our biological, psychological, and spiritual selves to that of our surrounding physical world. Whether I am expressing my perceptions of this shared world literally or symbolically, both involve a shared energy - a source of energy that is both of my own physical being and a portion of some shared life force. My various visual interpretations can easily run the entire spectrum of hyper "realism" on one end to elemental symbolic "abstractions" of energy, movement, and rythym on the other. I am particularly drawn towards the relationship between positive and negative space, and to the interaction between cast shadows and their corresponding subject matter.They all reflect some aspect of life, of my reality.