Connect to the Hidden Mystery
When you look at my paintings, even if you're sitting at your desk at work, you are reminded of just how awe-inspiring and wonderfully mysterious the world can be--and that we too are part of that mystery. Clients tell me that they feel they recognize my imaginary landscapes from their dreams and visions. That's just what I want for you--the sense of a reconnection to the magical world that sometimes feels very far away, even impossible in our difficult, tumultuous lives.
Most of my imagery comes from my imagination. A light sleeper, instead of spending the time I am awake in the middle of the night worrying about things, I deliberately open myself up to spirit and to my own subconscious. Images come to me, and unlike with dreams, which I often forget as soon as I wake up, I remember them and make notes about them the next day in my art journal. I also use that quiet time to arrange paintings in my head--to try out colors, patterns, structure. Even so, when I sit down to paint, the image might morph. But that's okay, as long as I feel like it still connects to the hidden power and beauty of our world.
I studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the early seventies, but life happened and I had to drop out. I kept doing art for myself, but not in any professional way. After working in watercolors and colored pencil for decades, I switched to acrylics because of the number of glazes that that medium allowed me to employ. When I developed a sensitivity to wet acrylic paint, I tried various other mediums and settled on oils and watercolors.
I am open to doing commissions related to surrealism or esoteric or magical concepts. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Black Tower" in "Art of Darkness II" at HeartSpot Gallery, East Providence, RI, October 25-November 14, 2018.
"Morning Shore" in "This Land Is Your..." at Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Pawtucket, RI, September 27-November 8, 2018.
"Welcome Storm" in "The Great Outdoors" at HeartSpot Gallery, East Providence, RI, August 17-September 22, 2018.
"Uprising" in "Who Are We?" at Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery, Pawtucket, RI, May 24-June 21, 2018.
"Sunwheel" and "Rose Moon Spirit" in Art League Rhode Island Associate Members Exhibition, Providence, RI, May 6-June 24, 2017.
"Chthonia" in "Abstracts," March 2016, Light Space Time Gallery.
"Nightfall" and "Moon Over Water" in "Skies," March 2016, Colors of Humanity Gallery.
Summer 1971-December 1972. Painting. School of the Art Institute of Chicago.