Introduce yourself and describe your work and the media/genre you work in.
I received my training at the Kansas City Art Institute. I received a BFA in painting and studied under Michael Walling,Stanley Lewis and Wilbur Niewald. I work primarily from observation and use oils and acrylics.
Talk about the works currently on display at the Oak Park Library. What would you like people to know about them?
My works on display are all landscape works. The majority of these works were completed at the Red Bridge-Minor Park area. The city has done a lot these last couple of years to develop Red Bridge and establish trails in the surrounding area.I'm grateful to live in that area surrounded by the various forms of natural beauty there.
Describe your creative process. How often are you painting and where is your studio?
My creative process involves more inspiration and emotional response and not as much planning . Though I feel all good, painting requires some planning. My concerns lie greatly with studying the affect of light and space on my subject matter. I try to portray form as accurately as I see it. This presents a challenge in plein air painting as the constantly changing light is continually altering the forms before me.
Who are other artists you look to for inspiration? And what about their works do you like?
I am always finding new artists whom inspire me. My favorite periods are impressionist, expressionist and mid-late 1900s. Cezanne and Wolf Kahn are artists I find myself repeatedly going back to. Lately, the works of John Singer Sargent have also inspired me. I appreciate the disciplined study and integrity to their subject matter.
What books, movies and/or music have inspired you recently?
Lately I have been reading See it loud:Seven post war painters . This book covers the works and thought processes of these painters. I am always interested in the ways in which painters whom I admire approach their painting. Another book I am currently reading is Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, totally different subject matter of course. I am interested in our spiritual side and how we live it out in our community. Bonhoeffer's time, though challenging, has a number of parallels to our time. It is a stimulating book.