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Current News and Events:
• ONLINE Exhibition: FAVA Gallery, “Pause: Art in Waiting”, Oberlin, OH
• Accepted: “Ohio Watercolor Society's 43nd Annual Exhibition" Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, Findlay, OH
• My 2019 winning entry in Riverside Art Center/Armstrong Air and Space Museum's, "50 Years of Space" is slated to be reproduced on electrical boxes, to further the 50 years of space celebration, around Wapakoneta OH
• Chosen as 1 of 2 Ohio Watercolor Society artworks for state representation in the National Watercolor Society's 50 Stars Exhibition. Two artists are chosen from each state-level watercolor society. ONLINE: July 9—Sept. 13, 2020
• Accepted into the National Watercolor Society 2020 Annual Members Exhibition ONLINE: May 7 - June 21
• "24 Days of Surrealism: Contemporary Surrealism, Fantastic, and Visionary Art" Majestic Galleries Nelsonville, OH
• Reproductions of "The Old House" are available through the Anthony Wayne Area Arts Commission.
• In the Ohio Watercolor Society's 42nd Annual Traveling Exhibition, also canceled due to COVID-19, but a slideshow has been prepared HERE.
• I completed illustrating a children's book ("Kinsley's Snowflake Dance") and will let you know when it is published. And, I just finished a mural in Fostoria OH. Being an indoor mural, a reception will be held when it is safe (covid) to do so.
......Upcoming.... September 19, 2020 ArtWalk on the Bay, 10am - 4pm Point Place Toledo, OH
“Classic” Artist’s Series Statement:
Nature, structure and classical techniques, sum up my landscape, still-life and portraiture.
Artistically, I find heavy influence from the likes of John Singer Sargent, but God's marvelous creation provides all the rest. I spend a lot of time ‘thinking’ on our farm as I’m weeding the garden or doing chores... caring for the animals. Finding appreciation in the 'every day'. Negative space is just as important to me as positive space between objects so in this 'thinking' I am always ‘sketching’ in my mind and then later, shaping all references to fit that 'sketch'. Seeing that everything has purpose, it is then that I can go further and add elements that tell a story (the 'Illustrator' in me), because I want people to linger, to look and discover.
I am recently enamored with the use of yupo paper for my watercolors because it keeps me from going "too tight" and pushes me to experiment and explore; which I feed off of. I also am drawn the the natural luminous quality that yupo affords.
Watercolors untainted with corrective opacities; oils built up from value studies, inspired of old masters, is structure that I enjoy in this vein of work.
“Hands” Series Artist Statement:
To this artist, hands are a beautiful thing. Hands nurture; they toil, they bless - they strive. Beyond prayer, hands empower the soul. They also tell every story under the sun. Trial to triumph, compassion to crucifixion--these hands are filled with every line of life.
My works convey an underlying spiritual theme; with overtones of societal issues. The element of 'hands' depicted are an important vehicle to deliver an expression of emotions that need no face to convey, no voice to tell. To the spiritually sensitive, rich meaning can be drawn; while the rest may find themselves moved by the emotional tone of the piece, depiction, or left with a hunger to discover ‘why?’
I use an earthen palette which holds a feeling of age... history, treasured memory. Mixing media helps me flow with what is best for the piece. Focal points needing depth and opacity while inherent darkness to a work is often used to convey a dreamlike 'state of thought' or as an ‘underline’ to the deeper spiritual message I am intending to convey. Dimensional objects are often inserted; that element of texture is an important means that brings ‘physicality’, --that drawing sense of ‘Touch’.
Through such uses, my desire is to pull the viewer into empathy; fusing personal life experience with the message and emotion that the painting exudes.
The ‘Hands’ tell the story. I have found that if I cover the artwork and leave only the hands showing, that there must be a story, an emotion -- a sense. If it’s not there, it’s not ‘Hands’.