I was born and raised in northern Illinois to a creative family and have been making some form of art all my life. I graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1980 with a degree in Fiber. In the subsequent three decades I made fiber art, created a business manufacturing silk cord and pursued woodworking by creating studio furniture. In 2010 I started painting, eventually settling on figurative and portrait work in oil.
About my art
I strive to make my paintings fresh and direct with a vibrancy of energy, yet precise and accurate with forms and structure. My method of art making has always been a mix of deliberate, labor-intensive elements combined with quick, energetic and daring applications. I’m drawn to contemporary ideas and styles.
My aim is to explore the relationship between people and their social environment. As humans, we often play the role of chameleon, sometimes comfortably, other times less so. In my paintings, I address my own experiences and conflicts and strive to portray them through my subjects in an authentic and honest manner.