Here is a short synopsis of my journey. Should curiosity be such that you would like to know more, you will find details below.
- Studied and traveled abroad
- Received MFA in drawing and printmaking
- Taught at SAIC and Barat College
- Worked at a couple galleries
- Became an international art dealer
- Traveled a lot to France and Italy to buy neat old works on paper
- Transitioned to working with local artistic talent
- Rediscovered my own talent
- Now exhibiting my own artwork as well as collaborating with other artists
My story begins with an autobiography at the age of 11 in which I drew a self-portrait depicting myself sporting a beret and artist’s smock. Yes, it seems very cliché however I still have the book and the illustration that my mother saved. Clearly though young, I knew what my life direction would be and a fine arts education followed. I studied with printmaker and co-founder of Plucked Chicken Press, Will Peterson at West Virginia University and completed a MFA in Printmaking and Drawing under the tutelage of multi-discipline artist, Mel Strawn at the University of Denver. Grad school’s summer study program in printmaking at the Falmouth School of Art (now University College Falmouth) in Cornwall, England, combined with classic student backpacking in Europe reinforced my passion for works on paper. Settling afterwards in Chicago, I taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and Barat College in Lake Forest, IL as well as exhibited my own artwork.
As opportunities arose and redirected my path, I relocated and worked in Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago galleries. Eventually established as a private, international dealer based in Chicago, my love affair with primarily European works on paper continued. Then through adding the work of locals artists with whom there was much dialogue, a shift was set in motion. With an absence as a practicing artist for too many years to count where creative energies were always focused elsewhere in the art of doing business, the need to actually create art became so intense that I could not longer deny it. A good friend, Ted Stanuga who is a well known painter encouraged me with the assurance of, “You have not wasted all those years. You have had years of sensory input and it has to output somewhere.” As a dealer in fine art, an intimate connection to the action of making art had remained although obviously from another view point. Frequent travels in Europe had helped build a visual library thus expanding the visual vocabulary. Finally, I decided to devote myself full-time to the making of art.
September 28 to 30, 2018 – I was juried into THE OTHER ART FAIR – CHICAGO presented by Saatchi Art. Pamela Staker and I debuted our collaborative series, “The Five Elements”. As well, I exhibited my individual artworks.
May 5, 2018 – Mini-lecture series Guest Speaker and Moderator, “Why, What and How I Collect?” during Center for Architecture Sarasota Modern Show benefit weekend.
March 23, 2018 – Grace Howl, Amy Ernst and I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Niki Kottman for the article entitled, “The Gift of Art” in the Sarasota Observer’s Arts + Entertainment section. We recounted our collaboration that extended beyond just the three of us creating artwork together. We partnered with Pines of Sarasota to help raise funds for them.
March 23 to April 6, 2018 – I was part of the exhibition “Reflections of Collaboration : Chicago, Sarasota, New York” with artists, Grace Howl and Amy Ernst at Grace Howl Contemporary Art in Sarasota. Along with showing our own work, we have merged our disciplines to create three unique pieces of art that will be offered through a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting Pines of Sarasota Foundation.
February 19 to 22, 2018 – Visiting Artist at the School of Art and Design of West Virginia University, Morgantown where I presented “The Business of Being an Artist” to engage the students in a conversation about entrepreneurship.
On September 16, 2017 my interview with Chicago Voyage was published. The on line publication is chock full of information on Chicago places and people. As they say ,”…our mission is build a platform that fosters collaboration and support for small businesses, independent artists and entrepreneurs, local institutions and those that make our city interesting.”
May 13, 2017 – Mini-lecture series Guest Speaker ,“The History of the XXème Siècle Arts Publication” during Center for Architecture Sarasota Modern Show benefit weekend.