Professionally, I am an architect. I used my artistic skills and creativity while attaining my degree, but while pursuing other interests and other things throughout my life, art has been a constant. I have never, not created art.
I originally did a lot of portraits and later designed stained glass pieces. The creation of stained glass starts with a line drawing so that a pattern can be created. The line drawings began to get more intricate and led to my current style of drawing. When I began these intricate line drawings I was drawing on paper but started experimenting with different materials which led me to drawing on primed masonite.
The primed masonite has a different texture than paper. The colored pencil has to be worked into the surface of the primer that lends a depth to my drawings that is not achieved with paper. The finished drawings have a smooth, slightly glossy finish which does not require glass over the finished pieces when they are framed.
I currently live in Illinois, but I was raised in northern Wisconsin. I only mention where I grew up because the landscape had a profound influence on my art. As a kid, I spent a lot of time outdoors playing in the woods, picking wild flowers and riding my bike out in the countryside. I try to capture the child’s vision of that wild, northern, wooded landscape with a playful whimsy.
My trees are full of intricate patterns that are interrupted and broken apart. I like to include a sense of humor, bold colors and a lot of little details that are easy to overlook at first glance. I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy creating it.
I have recently started framing all pieces in floater frames. Unframed pieces are complete with finished edges and a wire on the back, ready to hang....
Works are for sale and can be shipped, just send me an email if you are interested in any pieces.