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
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. 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.