The process of abstract art does not translate
easily to words. I am not as comfortable talking about my art as I am in
making it. I listen to jazz when I paint. Jazz is an improvisation on a
theme, a blend of elements in the space of time. My art is like that.
My paintings always begin with drawing nonobjective shapes, the use of
line to define area and to push the limits of real and abstract. I can’t
imagine painting something exactly as it is. That’s what a camera is
for. For me, color and my own emotions play the themes, blending the
elements in the space of the canvas.
I require nothing special of the observer…Each viewer may see and feel
what they see and feel, and play their own themes and
improvisations…That way we can both be surprised.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1992
Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, Masters Program
Santa Fe, NM, Selected to study with Nathan Olivera, 1992
Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, 1990
Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, 1965-67
Jasper County Junior College, Joplin, MO, 1963-64
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 1962