My art is about the urban environment. Chicago has so many distinct neighborhoods, each with its own personality; colorful and intriguing with so much vitality. I am inspired by actual places and occasionally include figures engaged in daily life.

My creative process begins with my photographs. I shoot many of the subjects and their surroundings, creating a montage of the very essence and character of the place. WIth sketches and composition decided, I then prepare a canvas. My emphasis is then on drawing with attention to perspective, using thinned acrylic paint and fluid washes. Once my intent is established, I switch to sensuous oil paint. Past, present and future are expressed.

A passion for architectural forms and embellished facades intrigue me. Capturing the energy, rhythm and emotional feeling of a place is my challenge. I hope to engage the viewer and share a moment of connection.

 

 

 

 

The aim of every artist is to arrest
motion, which is life, by artificial means
and hold it fixed so that a hundred years
later, when a stranger looks at it, it
moves again with life.

William Faulkner

 

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