As I peruse my landscapes, memories arise. Every one of the paintings has a story to tell, some of which you can hear on the video of my ten-year retrospective, “From Left- Brain Business Consultant to Right-Brain Artist” which is on the Home Page of this site.
During this period, all of my paintings evolved from my photos. I used them as a starting point; but then, put them away and let the mood, place and color palette evolve from my inner being. They also belong to a category you might call “travel photos.” “Myriad,” “Purple Mountain” and “Santa Fe Memories” were taken in New Mexico. “Mirage,” “Spring Marsh” and “Autumn Marsh” took place in Kiawah, South Carolina. The marshes are my favorite subject and, I believe, some of my best paintings reflect the beauty of this landscape. “Spring Marsh” was juried into the Thirty-Second Annual Exhibition of the Miller Art Museum (Sturgeon Bay, WI). “The two “marsh paintings were purchased by a gentleman from the East Coast. I only have one left of this series, “Winter Marsh” which can be found in “Recent Landscapes.” “Purple Mountain” was purchased by an art critic who considers it one of her prize possessions.
“Seabreeze,” and “January Morning,” are both scenes depicting a day in January– one in Cozumel, Mexico and one in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. My daughter, Laura, has the winter scene and my daughter, Michelle, opted for the warmth of the sand beach.
“Sky I”, “Serenity,” and “Sky II,” are renderings of my two favorite subjects: clouds and water. “Sky I” and “Sky II” are pastels on black sandpaper. Serenity” depicts the calm blue waters and the peaceful blue sky which can be found anywhere there is a shore and a horizon. This piece was juried into the 31st- Annual Exhibition of The Miller Art Museum. The lovely woman who bought “Serenity” uses it as part of her daily meditation process.
I consider “Calm Within” and “Fusion,” to be two of my very best paintings. “Calm Within” is a depiction of resting volcano in Machu Pichu. I had seen a panorama of mountain tops and low hanging clouds which inspired and challenged me to try and capture what I saw in that photo. I spent many hours, both waking and sleeping, trying to figure out how to capture the sense of looking down into the top of the volcano and, at the same time, having the cloud cover moving in. When I did finish it, the blue lake inside the mountaintop became “ Calm Within.” It was also juried into the Miller Art Museum‘s 31st- Annual Exhibition.
“Fusion” was the first painting I accomplished using only palette knives. The small brook flowing through fall and winter, came to me during one afternoon at an art class I was attending at Main Street Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL. I entered this piece into a juried competition sponsored by Senior Artists’ Network in Chicago, Il. called “Later Impressions.” and was honored to have this painting hanging in the Chicago Cultural Center for two months. Later, this painting won Honorable Mention in a Door County Art League exhibit.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this background information and I invite you to visit this site often as the conversations are always evolving.