Saturday, March 18, 2017

"We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough"

I am thrilled to have a large landscape accepted into March 24th 4th Fridays at the Starline in Harvard. If you haven't been there, the building is an amazing compilation of historical aesthetics mingled against contemporary art, artists and musicians.

This piece is titled after Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote "We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough"
Emerson speaks to all people who love and live within our Northern Illinois landscape. An open, long view reminds us there are infinite possibilities and endless beauty in our lives if the eye truly looks for them.

This scene is facing North on a early hot summer morning. A brisk rain shower is passing West, chased by the scarlet sunrise. Steam rolls off distant fields as rolling alfalfa fields cast their color onto clouds above. In an instant the view changes, opening up the horizon to new possibilities.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Winter We Missed

This oil painting is a tribute to winter and all the beauty she provides. I missed that this year....a new snow always puts a fresh face on dismal ground. Sunny winter mornings with a fresh snow are so bright and quiet you can hear the birds fly. Winter sky reflects off crystals of snow throwing ultramarine blue underneath tangled thickets where puffs of powder perch precariously upon upper branches soon to disappear in the midday sun. Sheer delight.
I consider myself an expressionist, concerned with the visceral affects that art provides.
Nature is a source of deep love as are horses and art itself.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Haflinger-preliminary drawing for 16x20 oil portrait

I am beginning a series of paintings based on horses and cattle. When capturing an animals portrait the artist must capture their soul through design, material, and methods.....otherwise the effort is for not. This mare is very sweet and quiet with beautiful mane and forelock that goes on forever. Her color is that of golden and I can't wait to get into that color!


There's something about cows and horses wandering in vast green fields that says Midwest!
9x12, oil

Midwest Fall

Sometimes the treelines between vast acres of corn and soybean provide the best color within miles. these hard timber have survived centuries of crop farming. Thank Goodness!
11x14, oil, sold

Midwest Storm

It was one of those days where the sun fights to stay out against an approaching storm. Creates a great drama. 11x14, oil

Friday, August 7, 2015

September 4th "Es-scapes" Show, Lakeside Center Arts Park, Crystal Lake, IL

Stop by to see the "Es-scapes" Show! Great art, wonderful food made by culinary students and talented musicians in each gallery.
Also the Lakeside Arts Park will be hosting its first outdoor art show that weekend September 5-6. I will be showing at both places.