My daily inspiration is the feeling of taking a creative concept and cultivating it into a tangible work of art.
Using my intuition and simple shapes, a design emerges that may have been there all along.
Rockford, Illinois was a great place to grow up as a child where I could explore the surrounding woods, creeks, and fields. My love of nature and art began at an early age.
Our house was filled with art books from publishers like Henry N. Abrams. My father purchased mail-order art prints and placed them on our walls. I remember using my little crayons to draw on sheets of clean white paper. I much preferred this over coloring books.
I remember being enthralled by the gemstone colors on my mother’s embroidered purse. The deep ruby red, ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, and cool green had an entrancing effect as the light bounced to create sparkles in the room.
The visual cues of my childhood inspired me to draw using my little crayons on white sheets of paper trying to capture everything I saw around me.
In school, I was again inspired by visual cues. Specifically, a photograph on the cover of my 5th-grade geography book of a fishing shack on Bradley Wharf, Massachusetts motivated me to move to New England after I graduated high school. It was there that I learned from great teachers like Henry Schwartz of the Museum School, Boston, whose intelligence and encouragement affirmed my decision to become a painter years earlier.
Now residing in Tucson, a city of interesting people and creative energy, I’m inspired to continue my art practice every day. While in my studio, I alternate between painting and reading with the occasional catnap.
My favorite aspect of the creative process is applying lines, shapes, and colors to build a visual structure that is capable of replaying its intentions.
Early 20th Century Abstract Art