About me

I was born and raised in northern Illinois to a creative family and have been making some form of art all my life. I graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1980 with a degree in Fiber. In the subsequent three decades I made fiber art, created a business manufacturing silk cord and pursued woodworking by creating studio furniture. In 2010 I started painting, eventually settling on figurative and portrait work in oil.

About my art

I strive to capture a private moment in a person’s daily life. I hope to portray a specific emotion expressed in the fine details in a mouth or in the eyes. I want the expression to resonate with the viewer, to find some commonality or understanding. Further, I want my paintings to express a narrative, a story that’s unfolding, possibly one that is private and obscure. I want my paintings to be imbued with a mood that’s apparent, even if it’s ambiguous.

My aim is to explore the relationship between people and their social environment. As humans, we often play the role of chameleon, sometimes comfortably, other times less so. In my paintings, I address my own experiences and conflicts and strive to portray them through my subjects in an authentic and honest manner.

Associations, Exhibitions, Residencies and Awards

Associations:

Federation of Canadian Artists, Signature Member (AFCA)

Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, Active Member

 

Juried exhibitions:

2017 Sidney Fine Arts Show, Sidney, BC, October 2017; won Juror's Choice 

Federation of Canadian Artists Fall Exhibition/Victoria Chapter, Victoria, BC, October 2017; won Honourable Mention

Federation of Canadian Artists Spring Exhibition/Victoria Chapter, Victoria, BC, May 2017; won 1st prize and Honourable Mention

Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC "Artist's Choice" Show, January 2017

Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC "Works on Paper" Show, January 2017

Federation of Canadian Artists Fall Exhibition/Victoria Chapter, Victoria, BC, November 2016; won 2nd and 3rd prizes

2016 Sidney Fine Arts Show, Sidney, BC, October 2016; won Juror's Choice and Honourable Mention

Sooke Fine Arts Show 2015, Sooke, BC, July 2016

Federation of Canadian Artists 75th Anniversary Exhibition/Victoria Chapter, BC, June 2016; won Second Place

Federation of Canadian Artists Spring Exhibition/Victoria Chapter, BC, April 2016; won Honorable Mention

Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC "Artist's Choice" Show, January 2016; won Third Place

Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC "Works on Paper" Show, January 2016

Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC "Muse" Show, November 2015

Federation of Canadian Artists Fall Exhibition/Victoria Chapter, Victoria, BC, November 2015

Sooke Fine Arts Show 2015, Sooke, BC, July 2015

Federation of Canadian Artists Spring Exhibition/Victoria Chapter, BC, April 2015; won Honorable Mention.

Federation of Canadian Artists Fall Exhibition/Victoria Chapter, BC, November 2014

2014 Sidney Fine Arts Show, Sidney, BC, October 2014

Bloom V, Coast Collective, Victoria, BC, July 2014

2014 Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke, BC, July 2014

Appetite for Art, Coast Collective, Victoria, BC, June 2014

The RED Show, Coast Collective, Victoria, BC, January 2014

The Small Show, Coast Collective, Victoria, BC, July 2013

Portals, Coast Collective, Victoria, BC, March 2013

Beginnings, Coast Collective, Victoria, BC, January 2013; won Juror's Choice.

 

Residencies:

Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC Canada: August 2017, August 2016, June 2016, May 2015

Delta Victoria Ocean Point Hotel and Spa, Victoria, BC:  July 2014

Coast Harbourside Hotel and Marina, Victoria, BC:  May 2014

Coast Harbourside Hotel and Marina, Victoria, BC:  May 2013

 

Other Achievements

Served as an adjudicator for the following:

Coast Collective Art Centre, ongoing; Sooke Fine Arts Show, 2017; Victoria Disability & Resource Center, 2017

Publications: Fine Woodworking Magazine, Sept/Oct 2005: A Jig to Cut Matching Curves

Commissioned Bell Stand for the California Firefighters Memorial, Sacramento, CA, 2009