Starting my artistic journey in the 1970's, the desire to create art soon became an unyielding obligation to myself to explore the inner mechanism of my creative consciousness. From small sketches to larger projects, my art is a highly-personal reflection of myself in this world.
I am an art educator working as a Professor of Art at Heartland Community College as well as a working and exhibiting artist. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in studio art and Master of Fine Arts degree from Illinois State University.
The current theme of my photographic work addresses the Waters of the Great Lakes. I received a sabbatical from Heartland Community College to explore the Great Lakes through analog and digital photographic formats. The goal in this body of images is to exemplify how various cameras capture a similar scene with interesting peculiarities to create visual interest from the same subject.
Much of my drawings and paintings focuses on a group I called "Random Pages". Random bits from nature become enlarged and abstracted to suggest something beyond their origins. It is the unknown that can be the most fascinating, the most mysterious. Additionally, photographs created with my medium format Holga film camera encapsulates an ethereal vision, a dominate trait in my art. The photographs are softly captured versions of places traveled. This camera and several other types of cameras are my constant companions wherever I wander.
I’ve been lucky enough to have participated in many collaborative projects. My photographs, drawings and paintings have been exhibited in many local and national exhibitions. For ten years I successfully co-operated a photography business, Outer Glow Photography, that focused on documentary style portraiture.
If you would like to find out more about my process or purchase my artwork please get in touch.