I’ve been creating art since I was a child. When I was in grade school my father, who was a self-taught watercolor painter, taught me to draw and paint. In high school, I won a regional prize for a drawing I did in art class.
After graduating from Rooselvelt University in Chicago with a Bachelors’ Degree in Art Education, I exhibited a few paintings and sculptures in various local galleries and bars. A painting of mine got into a juried show in a different state, but I was already transitioning into a different field. I spent some years in human services; during that period I was an art therapist for a brief time. I became a full-time Web designer just as the World Wide Web was taking off and stayed in that field for 16 years.
While I worked in other fields I still spent my free time creating art; but the scope of my work narrowed to the size of a 9 x 12 sketch. But I kept the best things I’d done in the past in a big leather portfolio. It’s traveled with me from
Chicago to Minneapolis to Baltimore and back again. Some of the things in it are now almost sixty years old, but they still represent my best work. I’m happy for the opportunity the World Wide Web offers me to show them to the world at last.
Now that I’m retired I’m entering a new phase of my work, one which I am consciously and deliberately changing from my previous style.
Or styles. I’ve alternated between “external” focus on things observed in ordinary reality and “internal” visions, i.e. my metaphysical- surrealist work. I’m striving now to unite the two so I can depict the essence of the things I see, concentrating not on “realistic” detail or outward apearance but on showing the inner spirit and meaning of the reality I see. Still doing a little surrealism, as witness “Ghost Roses” from 2019, but I’m moving on. Stay tuned.
Decorative Art Gallery