After mastering airbrush techniques as a commercial artist, digital technology was a natural fit for my abstract work.
Art has continuously expanded my view of the world, and digital art is the new frontier for me.
Growing up in a small manufacturing town in northern Illinois with hard-working parents provided a stable life for me. My dad worked at a steel mill, and my mother worked in different factories in the area. We lived out in the country and my younger brother and I rode the school bus into town every day.
I studied art in high school where I first considered it seriously as a possible life choice. I remember a counselor telling me that I might pursue a job as a commercial artist because “everyone needs to eat”. After considering for a brief moment a career as a rock star, I decided to take the counselor’s advice.
Beginning as an airbrush painter, my work began to expand into organic, minimal abstractions, embodying the romantic vision of myself.
In Chicago, the techniques of airbrush artists gave our work a decidedly different look. We developed a certain short-hand approach to ‘chiaroscuro’ which fit the Chicago aesthetic.
Back then, I was influenced by the Imagists as well as abstract painters and influencers of the time such as Judy Chicago, Christina Ramberg, Elizabeth Murray, Barbara Rossi, Frank Piatek, Ed Pashke, and William Conger.
With the advent of computers and advanced editing software, lights, bells, and whistles went off in my mind. Digital art became second nature to me, just like airbrushing had been years before. Digital art became another avenue to express myself.
My art has always been the one thing in life that has kept me grounded. It has opened up a world of experiences, people, and places that I never imagined possible.