I’m most interested in the raw beauty of life. The expected and unexpected colliding to create new storylines. I’m drawn to the gestural aspect of painting. The physicality of it all… How a line, stroke or mass of color from my efforts can both capture and evoke raw ‘feelings’. My work goes through many stages of development. The advance/retreat method allows for constant editing and discovery through applying more paint/color while simultaneously erasing it – either with large flat edges, sponges, a leaf blower, or even my garden hose. I am interested in the gesture or movement involved in the creation of my pieces. My mind and mood drive the process from start to finish – determining color, scale, composition and ultimately, a finished state. Nothing is precious and all is subject to change – depending on my state of being during the development.
All of my works are related to a time, place, person or event in my past or present. The viewer will draw their own conclusions with only a simple title to work with. How they see it and what they see is their own to experience.
Having lived and worked in Chicago, New York City, Detroit, Houston and now back in my home state of Iowa, I find I have a rich backlog of information in my emotional bank. While I pay clear homage to The New York School, I also appreciate and have respect for Hopper, Richter, Kiefer, Rauschenberg and Schnabel.
Finally, I’m a firm believer in painting like I live: Make bold strokes, be well-composed, but allow room for discovery and surprise.
Sammons Enterprises • Dallas, TX
Principal Financial Group • Des Moines, IA
Iowa Credit Union Corporate Collection • Des Moines, IA
Lincoln Savings Bank • Several Midwest Locations
Prairie Meadows Hotel/Convention/Casino • Altoona, IA
Ms. Diana Ross • Las Vegas, NV
Mr. Warren Buffett, Omaha, NE
Mr. Steve Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Kevin Gratkowski • Chicago, IL
Mr. Mark Borghi • NY, NY
AT&T Corporate Permanent Collection • Basking Ridge, NJ
Borg-Warner Contemporary Collection • Chicago, IL
International collections in London, Paris, Marseilles, Copenhagen, Berlin, Singapore and Bangkok.