I am an artist with the understanding that I have no choice but to create. My mind seems to easily catalog sensory information, conceptual ideas or general observations and make them accessible during the creative process. I have come to realize this is natural for me. I enjoy the opportunity to influence others thoughts and perceptions through my art.
I believe that the most successful contemporary artwork has historical influences. The work that most inspires me was created by the cubists and the futurists such as Braque, Delaunay, Marc, Gris, Weber, Feininger and Picasso. However, I am also influenced in many ways by artists such as Duchamp, Rothko, Diebenkorn, Calder, and even DaVinci and Caravaggio. I feel that a wide range of influences fosters strong original artwork with solid foundations of inspiration.
My education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in design from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters of Education degree from Loyola University Chicago.
In my “Figurative Series” I hope to achieve a sense of awareness in the viewer concerning balance in life. Often times we behave impulsively out of emotion or desire simply to be corrected by our intellect. Other times we become lost in thought and instinctively search for behaviors driven by how we feel. This notion helps explain why my figures are simplified into geometric, even mechanical compositions that juxtapose the subject’s sense of humanity. The drama of the pose becomes integrated with the linear nature of the composition.