I already felt like an artist in grade school. It’s almost as though I didn’t make that decision; it was made for me. I had the compulsion, the drive and the need.
In high school, I was winning awards from General Motors for car styling. And being rural Wisconsin, the annual county fair was always a gold mine of blue ribbons for this high school artist. A small Wisconsin town had few opportunities to explore art academically. But with a huge passion for art, I graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Moving to Southern California to reap the benefits of beautiful weather and all the other stereotypical elements, I found it to be a creative and stimulating area.
My history includes teaching high school art and having one man and group exhibits in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Laguna Beach. My work has been reviewed in publications such as Art International and Art Week.
Creative restlessness prevents me from creating only a particular style and repeating it over and over in my paintings. The result is a variety of styles, each style being constantly explored and developed. Changing subjects and techniques both excite, energize and challenge me. I upend people’s expectations when they sometimes see a myriad of aesthetic directions. In reality, all my work is an aesthetic oneness, conjured up by experience, training, observation and an innate aesthetic sense.
Art is an incredibly joyous experience for me, with something deep inside compelling me to create; I can’t explain it. There’s a related need to share what I create with others.