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I live in St. Louis, MO. I received my MFA in Painting from The Pennsylvania State University in 1980 and BFA in Painting from Webster University in 1977. I have traveled through out USA, Canada and Europe. I have been an art teacher for 35 years teaching. I taught elementary art in the Parkway School, high school art at Clayton High School and adjunct professor at Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL and Webster University in St. Louis, MO. I have been a part of group exhibitions at Art St. Louis, The St. Louis Artist Guild and the Gateway East Artist Guild. I’ve had solo exhibitions in private and university galleries. 2016 - Art St. Louis “Creatures”, St. Louis MO, St. Louis Artists Guild, “Clearly Human”, Clayton, MO., “Architecture + Landscapes”, Donald D. Shook Fine Art Building, St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, MO. 2015 – Juried Art Fairs: Webster Arts, Webster Groves, MO. Rise Up Festival, St. Louis, MO, Celebrate Wildwood, Wildwood, MO, Art on The Bluffs, Columbia, IL, Edwardsville Art, Edwardsville, IL, Art in the Park, Highland, IL.-Award: Best of Category. “Small Works” – OA Gallery, Kirkwood, MO 2014 - “Art St. Louis XXX, The Exhibition”, St. Louis MO. Juried Art Fairs: Art and Air Outdoor Art Festival, Webster Groves, MO. Midwest Salute To The Arts, Fairview Heights, IL. Historic Shaw Art Fair, St. Louis, MO. Art in the Park, Highland, IL, Award of Excellence. 2013 - “Under The Influence” Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, IL, Art in the Park, Highland, IL(Award-Best of Category), Des Peres Hospital, St. Louis, MO, Art Faculty, Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL. 2012 – Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, McKendree University, Lebanon, IL, Art & Air Outdoor Art Festival, Webster Groves, MO, Juried, Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, IL, Art in the Park, Highland, IL, “Gateway to Art”, Our lady of the Snow Shrine, Gateway East Artist Guild, Belleville, IL, “The Exhibition XXVIII, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. 2011 - Member Exhibition, Sole Survivor Art Gallery, Belleville, IL Group Exhibition: “Beholder”, Regional Juried Exhibition, Art St. Louis. “Gateway to Art”, Our Lady of the Snow Shrine, Gateway East Artist Guild, Belleville, IL. 2004 – Solo Exhibition: RCGA - One Metropolitan Square, St. Louis, MO. 2001 – Solo Exhibition (Art work completed on Sabbatical): Gallery of Art, Fontbonne College, St. Louis, MO.
Most of us take delight on seeing a fleet of geese flying in a V-shaped formation, and often take it as a sign of victory. Birds for that matter, with their ability to fly high in the sky, are taken to be anything from signs of freedom to transition. Dwelling on the symbolic significance of each bird, my intention is to satisfy those with a mystical outlook and also cater to the ones seeking simpler pleasures of life. I refer to images of birds that are specific to the Midwest USA. Embedded in my memory are impressions of their movement in nature. A collage of shapes, colors and textures both sharp details or easily blurred, blending into the environment. Literal or precise rendering no longer becomes important. I end up trying to express the gesture and dynamic motion of life. Life is once clearly observed and focused then seemingly fades or transforms. I use oil, acrylic on canvas or wood panels. First layer built with plaster and acrylic washes then manipulated by sanding and scratching. More layers are added by repeating this process. Oil paint is used for final layer defining shapes referencing birds and nature.