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Artist Statement, Biography & Purchasing Information:
I sometimes describe my work as “Midwest Magic Regionalism.” I paint mostly in oil on wood panels. I am a narrative artist and addicted journal keeper, driven to tell stories in written form in my journals and in visual form in my paintings.
I continue to do paintings about wildlife, domesticated animals and the landscape, as we all head into uncharted territory, coping with unprecedented climate change. I hope to convey not only my endless concern about the way we are ruining our environment, affecting all other species and resources, but also my love and appreciation for this planet and all it has given us. I want to make paintings that are beautiful to look at, even when the subject matter is not just a paean to beauty.
I was raised in two Chicago suburbs, Glen Ellyn and Long Grove, IL. I hated high school, so I graduated at the end of my junior year and went right to college in Champaign/Urbana, where I go...