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Making art is what I do to cope with life… to maintain balance. Drawing and painting have been my most constant choices, but I’ve also spent years creating figurative sculpture in clay and mixed media sculpture.  Turning once again to the easel I’ve discovered a new voice. While the vast majority of my work over the decades has been figurative or landscape work, now I’m delving into abstraction. This first series explores movement, both physical and psychological.  It is truly a transformation of my thought process of creating.  Time and heavenly bodies are cyclic in nature, moving in orbital patterns. It is even written in the spiral of our DNA. Working on paper and canvas, strokes are created using the arm, not the wrist. I layer the marks, building up the surface to create depth within the movement. My effort is to express energy, rhythm, and mystery. It’s a very satisfying mode of expression and allows me the freedom I’m seeking at this time. For inquiry email me with the name of the piece. I can answer your questions or send an invoice for purchase through a secure server.

Bursting With Life from the Storyline Series

Oil & Acrylic on Wooden Panel 12″ Sq. 2021 NA

The Color Me Red Storyline Series is coming to you from Wolf Creek Studio in beautiful Southern Illinois with its forests, streams, lakes and rich veins of coal. This series is an extension of the Charcoal Storyline but this time in color with acrylic and oil on wooden panels. These small paintings exhibit the same level of rhythm, movement and energy, reminiscent of my childhood spent at the piano and in the ballet studio. At the same time they have a richness of color and the repetitive fractal patterns of nature. Today’s chapter is titled Bursting with Life. Life entails the cycles of birth, growth and death. This painting can hardly contain the energy involved with these cycles.

Poppies from the Storyline Series

Acrylic & Oil on board 12″ x 12″ 2021 $350

The second chapter of the Color Me Red Storyline Series is a dreamlike image that I titled Poppies. The round orbs dance and melt over the surface with rich color playing back and forth between foreground and background. The movement in this oil and acrylic painting has slowed, allowing the color to saturate the mind.

Wound Up from the Storyline Series

Oil & Acrylic on Wood Panel 12″ Sq. 2021 $350

The third chapter in the Color Me Red Storyline Series is a small painting that I titled Wound Up.  This was the seminal piece for all of the drawings and paintings in the Storyline Series.  This piece is bursting with energy and it marks my move into abstraction. Wound Up is inspired by the power of the cosmos to generate life.  The title also refers to my excitement and anticipation I feel as I move forward and discover.  It is a celebration of life! My move into abstraction has been really exciting. It’s giving me the freedom to express emotions in color and line. Follow me to see where I go with it.

Sun Melt from the Storyline Series

Oil on Linen 48″H x 24″W 2021 $1500

This image has really grown on me, as I see more hidden in the color: figures melting away, poppies growing towards the sun, movement in and out of the dark. This painting pairs well with the smaller paintings Poppies and Wound Up.

Rolling Along from the Storyline Series

Oil on canvas 28″H x 38″W 2021 $950

This painting is joyful, exhilarating, full of energy, something to brighten a space and uplift. I like the unfettered movement across the canvas, playing with the colors.

Into the Deep

This painting has been juried into the online exhibition “True Blue” on the Art-Fluent website. http://www.art-fluent.com The creative directive wrote: “Into the Deep is such a standout, we absolutely love it!” It’s a luscious blue, a swimming delight! Oil and acrylic on cradled wood 36″ x 36″ 2021 $1500

Conflict

Oil, acrylic, charcoal, pumice on floating board 30″ x 30″ $1200 2021 Conflict comes from opposition and it has a strong association to the color red, as red is the color of blood, birth and death. Here, a subtle heart shape is speared.

Birth of the Cosmos

Oil and acrylic on Linen 48″H x 36″W $3500 2012-2020 Before time, the creative source exploded energy and the minerals and gases formed the Universe. This painting was done quite spontaneously in 2012, put aside and then in 2020 I revisited it and altered the right side of it which had originally exploded off the side of the canvas. The new composition is much more satisfying. In studying it I began to see all sorts of figures in the brushwork that had not been intentional. It is very intriguing.


Come Fly With Me

Oil on canvas 48″H x 36″ w 2021 $2200 My obsession with birds continues. In this canvas the two birds are seemingly passing through a division of space/time. I wanted to get more abstract with this painting and so dropped the elements of landscape, focusing instead on their movement.

Soul Singer

Oil on canvas on cradled board 48″D 2021 $2800 Often I don’t understand the meaning of a drawing or painting until I’m finished, sometimes a long time later. This is because I work intuitively, without detailed planning beforehand. The past four decades I’ve often included birds in my work, both 2-D and sculpture because I’m drawn to them as representatives of freedom through flight. Escape has been a recurring theme in my life. I began this painting with the idea of portraying two birds sitting on a branch, without any other intention and let it grow from there. After finishing, I considered many titles, from Flight to Infinity and finally the painting told me its name. I used the small branches to connect the elements, like threads that bind things together symbolic of the interconnectedness of everything our our Planet Earth.

Spirit of the Woods

Oil on canvas, 42″ x 27″ 2021 $1200 When I was a child I had a horse named Spirit. We would fly over the landscape as I clung bareback to the large and powerful black gelding. I miss him still, but sometimes I can see the branches of the trees form horse-like shapes in the woods where I work and live. I hope you enjoy my effort to bring his memory to life. This painting was juried into a virtual exhibit by Art St. Louis.

Wondering the final painting of 2020!

Oil on linen, 36″H x 48″W. 2020 $2500

As we sit and ponder the the past, our thoughts float freely here and there. Wondering, from my Dreamscapes series, captures that sense of fleeting memories, sometimes more vivid than reality and yet always morphing into something else. Perhaps we should be wondering more about nature instead of ourselves.

Climate Change 101

36″ x 60″ Acrylic & Oil on canvas 2020 $3800

This painting refers to the wildfires raging around the globe, destroying forests that store carbon thereby protecting our environment. The burning books in the foreground reference a product of lumber, as well as our need to learn how to prevent catastrophic climate change.



The Breath of Life

40″H x 30″W Oil & Acrylic, pencil and Charcoal on linen 2020 $1200 Mother Nature breathes life into being. This painting is an expression of my concern for the environment. The image of this painting is published in the October issue of Beyond Words Literary Magazine!


The Land of Hidden Dreams

30″H x 40″W Acrylic and Oil on Canvas 2020 $1200 A Dreamscape of the pop of flowers and flowing water that defies gravity. The figure in repose appears to be part of the solid earth.

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