CountyAnne Arundel County
Media Arts, Visual Arts
Artist StatementMy geometric abstractions are inspired by experiences and nature and sometimes just for the pure understanding of form. I am more interested in how a painting feels rather than what it represents. I use a limited palette of color intentionally so that line work and form are easier to understand. Very few artist have explored the line as an element of and an expression of art through painting since the end product remains two dimensional. A line is significant to me. I have devoted the past 40 years to expressing and interpreting the meaning of a line. It can be simple, beautiful and meaningful and yet complex, course and arbitrary. A line on a piece of paper can represent a depth of ten feet or height of ten stories. A line may look straight in one dimension yet in another dimension it may undulate in multiple lengths.
I was born and raised North of Detroit in a rural town surrounded by nature and a rich exposure to four seasons. Water was an abundant resource - I could walk in any direction and see a running brook, a river, a pond or a lake which all provided a playground for curiosity and pleasure. Water was part of a sensuous experience of sights, sounds, smells and feelings that come from an emerging spring with the arrival of birds and the color of tulips; a radiating summer day, lush with green vistas and skies with billowing clouds on a welcomed hot afternoon; the smell of autumn leaves burning on neighboring streets that rustled under my feet as the lush greens of summer gave way to golden tones and the harvest of an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Winter was brilliant and white, cold and crisp, I hear the sounds of walking on fresh snow or over a frozen pond while the bright blue skies overhead were interrupted by thin streaking clouds allowing the warmth of the sun to shine through.
My natural environment was just as rich as my cultural environment. Detroit was the powerhouse of automobile design but the engine of cultural arts were abundant in music from the 60’s and 70’s that bridged racial barriers, architecture and art that epitomized the adventure of the Midwest and industrial design was abundant. I displayed a talent for drawing and painting at a young age and by the time I was ten I was enrolled in college level art courses in painting and sculpture. Fine art became an obsession and it provided an outlet for expressing my experiences with nature and culture through paintings and drawings of landscapes, architecture, musicians, objects and automobiles. I left Michigan to pursue a degree in architecture from Kansas State University and upon completion I moved to Chicago to establish my practice in architecture while continuing to paint and sculpt. After five years in Chicago I moved to Baltimore to establish a practice. I studied watercolor painting under Fritz Briggs and portrait painting under Ann Didusch Schuler at the Schuler School – two remarkable painters. The fine arts have been my passion, vocation and interest for over 40 years and I feel at ease moving from the design of a small object, an entire building, a sketch, a large painting or a moving sculpture. My paintings are an expression my disciplines and experiences with nature, design and the built environment.