I have always loved puzzles and mysteries, and taking things apart and putting them back together.
I think that reflects in my artwork. When I start a piece I have no specific concept in mind. I work intuitively and let the papers and splotches of ink guide me until an image emerges. What I see in the abstract image is often different from what those around me see, a little like a Rorschach test.
I like to work in layers, often hiding one artwork behind another, peeking through here and there. And I love variety. I’m constantly experimenting with shapes and colors, styles and patterns, bits of found objects and ephemera, ‘painting’ with paper, glue and ink. There are some immediate successes and some dismal failures…those failures become incorporated into other artwork as I start building a new piece.
My dream is that my work will distract the viewer from the chaos of life for a few moments and give them something else to wonder about.
I was born in 1954 in Wausau, Wisconsin and have lived most of my life here although I have traveled throughout most of the United States, and Europe, with briefer visits to Canada and Mexico. My father was an American soldier who brought my mother, a German immigrant, back to Wisconsin after World War II. I grew up with four older siblings and one younger, but was the first to graduate from college. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Art in 1980 from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. After graduation I got a "regular" job working for Congressman David Obey for 25 years. I took early retirement from government work to return to more artistic pursuits.
I began again by creating textile art in 2012, then transitioned to paper in 2014, both in recognizable subjects. But I was always drawn to abstract art more than realism and eventually found the courage to work from my head. I continue working primarily with paper, glue and ink although bits of metal have found their way onto the canvas. The first two years were extremely challenging and frustrating. It wasn't until mid-2016 that I started to feel more comfortable working only with my imagination, inspired by a texture or color or piece of ephemera. I have no specific image in mind when I begin a piece, so I work intuitively. The toughest part is knowing when a piece is complete. As of mid-2018 I am no longer entering competitive art exhibits but am challenging myself in finding community based galleries that want to exhibit my work. My first solo exhibit was May, 2018 at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Wisconsin. I have one joint exhibit scheduled for late 2018 and two more solo exhibits scheduled for early 2019.
I hope you enjoy the images of the work in my website gallery as much as I enjoy creating them.
RECENT WISCONSIN SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS, GALLERIES AND AWARDS:
2019 Jan 14 - Feb. 8, solo exhibit at Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander Wisconsin
2018 Sep 21 - Nov 30: Vault Gallery exhibit with Graham Coulson, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau Wisconsin
2018 May - June: solo exhibit Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff Wisconsin
2018 WVAA Exhibit at Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff, Wisconsin: Third Place
2017 Visions Exhibit, Riverfront Art Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin: Honorable Mention
2017 Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff, Wisconsin: Third Place
2017 Wisconsin Valley Art Association, Wausau, Wisconsin: Judges' Choice Award
2016 "Roots" exhibit, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, Wisconsin
2016 "All About Trees" Riverfront Art Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
2016 Cultural Center, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
2016 Visions Show, Riverfront Art Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
2016 Reaching New Heights Gallery, Marshfield Clinic, Weston, Wisconsin: 3rd Place Award / Cattails and Flowers Show
2016 Wisconsin Valley Art Association Memorial Show, Wausau, Wisconsin: Judges' Choice Award
2015 "Manimal' exhibit, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, Wisconsin: Third Place
2015 Wisconsin Regional Art Association, Madison, Wisconsin: Mary Lou Lindroth Award
2015 Wisconsin Regional Art Program, Minocqua, Wisconsin: State Award
2015 Wisconsin Regional Art Program, Wausau, Wisconsin: State Award
2015 Reaching New Heights Gallery, Marshfield Clinic, Weston Wisconsin: Honorable Mention/ Winter Show
2015 Wisconsin Valley Art Association Memorial Show, Wausau; Judges' Choice Award
2014 WRAA/WRAP State Exhibit, Wausau, Wisconsin: LaCrosse Society of Arts and Crafts Award and Tiny Treasures Award
2014 Wisconsin Valley Art Association exhibit, Wausau, Wisconsin: Judges' Choice Award
2014 Wisconsin Regional Art Program, Wausau, Wisconsin: State Award
2014 Transitions Gallery, Center for Visual Arts, Wausau, Wisconsin: non-profit art association gallery
2014 Waupaca Fine Arts Festival, Waupaca, Wisconsin: Honorable Mention
2014 Reaching New Heights Gallery, Marshfield Clinic , Weston, Wisconsin; Honorable Mention/ Summer Show
2014 The 319 Gallery, Wausau, Wisconsin: commercial gallery
2014 Northern Memories Gallery, St. Germain, Wisconsin: commercial gallery
2013 Northern National Art Competition, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
2013 Wisconsin Regional Art Program exhibit, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, Wisconsin: State Award
2013 Waupaca Fine Arts Festival, Waupaca, Wisconsin: First Place
2013 Wisconsin Regional Art Association, State Show, Madison, Wisconsin: Chinese Fine Art Association Award and Tiny Treasures Award
2013 Wisconsin Valley Art Association Memorial Show, Wausau, Wisconsin: Judges' Choice Award
2012 Wisconsin Regional Art Program exhibit, Wausau, Wisconsin: Honorable Mention