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ARTIST STATEMENT

My work begins with a storyline of something that has grabbed my attention and builds into a series. It is never restricted to any particular gene, rather whatever it takes to complete the vision. As a self-taught fine artist with a love for building, I often begin a piece by applying an under painting shadowing my expectations. Paintings are then leveled and carved until the story emerges and invites me in to discover its mysteries.

I often use mix media in my work, the challenge of mixing materials that might not otherwise be considered companions is perhaps the greatest challenge in my work. Pulling out color, whether the work is in black or white or pure abstract color, I know my work is done when I am called to purchase the piece for myself.

EDUCATION

2011-2014 Bachelor of Science - CIS. Focus:Web Gaming, DeVry University, Chicago, IL

1990-1991 Studied Sculpture under Sheila Oettinger, Noyes Cultural Art Center, Evanston, IL

1984 Self Instructed Artist; working as a full-time Professional Income Producing Artist since 1990.

GRANTS & AWARDS

2008 Illinois Art Council Grant, Chicago, IL

2006 Publishing Award, Kennedy Publishing, Williamsburg, VA

2000 Award of Excellence, Skokie Art Festival, Skokie, IL

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

2008 - 2010 YadiArt Spot, Evanston, IL, Self-Owned

2007 - 2011 Andersonville Galleria, Chicago, IL

2007 Rue Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001 Benson Galleries, Arlington Heights, IL

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • 2009 Evanston Round Table News
  • 2007 Time Out Chicago Magazine, Mosaic Art-Public and Private
  • 2007 Food Arts Magazine, Cheese Mosaic
  • 2007 Warsaw/Winona Lake Quest News, Public Art Project
  • 2007 Times-Union Newspaper, Public Art Project
  • 2007 ESI Interior Design Directory, Great Britain
  • 2007 Best of America Mixed Media Artists and Artisans 2006, Kennedy Publishing
  • 2006 Mosaic Art 2005 Yearbook (digital e-book)
  • 2005 Mosaic Atlas (Worldwide Public Art by Artist)

TEACHING

2005-Present Private Studio Workshops, Painting/Drawing, Fine art Mosaic

1999-Present Art Encounter (Part-Time): After School & Public School Programs

2001 Gallery 37, Taft High School, After School Matters Program

COMMISSIONS

Corporate/Public Art

  • 2007 Andersonville Galleria 40sf Mosaic Facade & 15sf Ext. Entry Project, Chicago, IL
  • 2007 Winona Lake Sculpture Project (Partnership with Linda Doyle), Winona Lake, IN
  • 2007 Cheese Mosaic, International Association of Culinary Professionals, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
  • 2005 12 Individual Mosaic Shoe Sculptures, Alise's Shoes, Hyde Park, IL
  • 2005 North Point Construction Services, Chicago, IL - AG Retail, 48 E. Walton, Retail Store, contracted to create Designer Cement Floor
  • 2004 12 ft. Circular Mosaic Tile Floor, L.E.A.R.N. Charter School, Chicago, IL
  • 2002 5 ft. x 3 ft. x 2.5 ft. Wall Mounted Figurative Sculpture, Hecky Barbeque Restaurant, Evanston, IL
  • 2001 Figurative Sculpture, Louise Rail Garden, Evanston, IL
  • Residential

  • 2008 2 ft. x 3 ft. x 4 ft. Flower Pot, Andersonville Galleria, Chicago, IL
  • 2007 3 ft. x 2-1/2 ft. Integral Colored Cement Painting, Powell Residence, Evanston, IL
  • 2006 Cement Putty Art Wall, Pacheco Properties, Evanston, IL
  • 2006 Mosaic Art Floor, O'Brien Residence, Evanston, IL
  • Private

  • 2005 Mosaic Kitchen Floor and Bathroom, Pacheco Properties, Evanston, IL
  • 2005 Mosaic Bathroom Floor & Counter Top, Wynn Resident, Evanston, IL
  • 2003 3 ft x 4 ft Painting, Powell Foundation, Evanston, IL
  • 2003 3 ft x 4 ft Painting, Mr. & Mrs. Powell, Evanston, IL
  • TRADE SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS

  • 2002 One of a Kind Show & Sale, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
  • 2002 New York International Art Expo, New York, NY
  • 2002 Le Festival des Arts - One of a Kind Show, Montreal, CA
  • 2001 One of the Kind Show & Sale, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
  • JURIED SHOWS

  • 2011 Nude Nite Art Show, Tampa FL
  • 2000 Faber Birren Nation Color Award Show
  • 2000 Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT
  • 2000 Biennial National Exhibition-Degas Pastel Society New Orleans, LA
  • 2000 Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS
  • 2000 Vision 2000, Chicago Windy City Artist, Chicago, IL