I paint for myself and am pleased that people get something out of what I do. Formal elements and the way we see interest me. I have always been attracted to a certain amount of illusion in painting, partly because it arouses wonder about what is real. The paradox of illusion and reality is not a contradiction if we consider “illusion” as one of the many shifting realities of life. Images and goals move on and fade as, once we achieve them, they somehow seem changed, different than what we had expected. My paintings are non-objective and highly influenced by memories and feelings that are aroused while painting. Childhood experiences, travel and memories of how I have felt while in specific places are filtered by time and imagination to set the mood of my paintings. Foreign places are especially stimulating because they make me see with the fresh unconditioned eyes of an outsider — more like a child. Both old and new art are influential. I admire the skills of old masters such as Caravaggio, El Greco, Botticelli and Rembrandt, artists who largely established the moods of their paintings by how they painted drapery and light. The bravura, spontaneity and dynamic compositions of the abstract expressionists are also impressive. My long time experience with airbrush painting enables me to establish a flowing illusionism. Airbrushing is so natural for me that I no longer think about technique. I work in a meditative state, trusting instincts and feelings, enabling thoughts and memories to become imbedded into my paintings. Realism and abstraction are blended, as are distant and here, past and present, memories and feelings – a communion of the inner and outer world.
Selected Solo Shows
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota | Nina Bliese Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota | MC Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota | 118 An Art Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota | OK Harris Gallery, New York, New York & Scottsdale, Arizona | Franklin 54 Gallery, New York, New York | Durst Organization Lobby Gallery, New York, New York | China Gallery, New York, New York |Keen Gallery, New York, New York | Westbroadway Gallery, New York, New York | Adagio Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York | Alfred Van Loen Gallery, Huntington Station, Long Island, New York | Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan | Neville Sargent Gallery, Chicago, Illinois | Mary Bell Galleries, Chicago, Illinois & Scottsdale, Arizona | Tarbox Gallery, San Diego, California | The Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania| Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania | Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada | Art Karlsruhe/ Galerie Arrigoni, Zug, Switzerland | Galerie Efte’, Paris, France | Galerie Grey, Cannes, France | Reflections Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland | Stern Galerie, Lucerne, Switzerland |Galerie Mesta Bratislavy, Bratislava, Slovakia | Galerie L’Oeil, Brussels, Belgium | Galerie Racines, Brussels, Belgium | Galleria Il Narciso, Rome, Italy | L’ Ariete artecontemporanea, Bologna, Italy | Galleria Dell’Immagine, Rimini, Italy | Galleri Fabian Carlsson, London, England & Goteborg, Sweden | Galleri Bellman, Stockholm, Sweden | Galleri Erry Marie Kulo, Oslo, Norway | Galleri BE’ 19, Helsinki, Finland | Galerie Miharaya, Tokyo, Japan | Galerie Shinsegye, Seoul, South Korea
ARC Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (F) – FIAC Paris (F)|Galerie L’ Oeil Brussels – St’Art Strasbourg (F)|Frank Pages Galerie Baden Baden & Geneva, L’ Ariete artecontemporanea Bologna, Italy – Lineart Gent (B)|L’Ariete artecontemporanea Bologna – Art Cologne Koeln (D)|L’ Ariete artecontemporanea Bologna – Miart Milan (I)|L’ Ariete artecontemporanea – Arte Fiera Bologna (I)|L’Ariete artecontemporanea Bologna, Stern-Galerie Lucerne (Ch) – Art Hamptons Fair Bridgehampton, New York – Chicago International Art Exposition Navy Pier Chicago (Illinois)|Neville- Sargent Gallery Chicago
Public and Corporate Collections
Galerie D’Art Contemporain Saint-Ravy Demangel, Montpellier, France | Museo Civico d’Arte Moderna, Spoleto, Italy | Museo Ca` la Ghironda, Zola Predosa, Italy | Antico Palazzo Della Pretura Di Castell’ Arquato, Piacenza, Italy | San Giovanni in Monte, Universita di Bologna, Bologna, Italy | Galerie Mesta Bratislavy, Bratislava, Slovakia | Queens Museum of Art, New York, New York | Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota | Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Minnesota | Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum, Marshall, Minnesota | North Country Art Museum, Park Rapids, Minnesota | Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, South Dakota | Waterloo Museum of Art, Waterloo, Iowa | Bicentennial Art Museum, Paris, Illinois | Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan | Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania | The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania | Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas | El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas | Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, Texas | Honeywell | 3 M Company | General Mills | Sunbeam | Wausau Insurance Companies | American Republic Insurance Company | Western Life | Lincoln National | Wells Fargo Banks, Minneapolis & Duluth, Minnesota | North Shore Bank of Commerce, Duluth, Minnesota | First Bank System | Schwan’s Corporate Headquarters, Marshall, Minnesota | University of Minnesota, Morris, Minnesota | University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin | North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota | University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, South Carolina | American Consulate, Bratislava, Slovakia