About

I create art because the act of taking an idea driven by inspiration and bringing it into reality fills me. I experience a sensation of losing myself, my identity, my thoughts.

I began my professional career as a nuclear engineer that spoke to my analytical and mathematical side. Throughout my corporate career, I painted. The amount of time spent painting increased over the years. In many of my works, evidence of my attraction to structure, organization and mathematical representation of space and time can be clearly seen. In others, there is a distinct attempt to avoid the analytical approaching emotional abstract expressionism and organic forms.My earliest memory of creating an art piece was during summer school between Kindergarten and 1st grade. I did a simple craft project of decoupage paper on a glass jelly jar to create a vase. I remember very clearly losing track of time and refusing to stop until the project was complete. The biggest different between my childhood art projects and now is that I strive to show my audience a piece of myself, to leave the viewer with an emotional impact, or ask viewers to engage with me in the experience of creating..

My work is tending towards the more experimental, in the sense that I like to experiment. It is playful and I have no idea of the outcome. I like asking the question “what if?” The results often surprise me. As I mature and evolve as an artist, my goal is that my art becomes more personally reflected and can elicit an emotional response from the viewer. I want the viewer to leave questioning or contemplating things and ideas which they have not challenged in the past.

Statement

My ultimate goal is to engage with others through my art work, directly or indirectly. I attempt to bring other people into my work, through the creation process or as viewers, to experience life in a new way; to see things differently. It is because of this I choose to work with tinted resin. The glossy final state is constantly changing color and glare as the light in the room or as the location of the viewer changes. This allows for an infinite numbers of views of the same piece. This challenges the viewer to look at the with a fresh perspective each time the work is viewed.

I enjoy creating with tinted resin due to its unique properties. It is these properties which also add to the challenge. Resin is a result of a quick chemical reaction; therefore the amount of each component is crucial, otherwise the resin will not cure or dry. Because it is quick, it allows for less than 20-30 minutes to manipulate it like paint. I must plan out in advance and then work very quickly. Resin has a sense of depth to it depending on the color and layer combinations. All these attributes combined attracts me to using resin. They allow me to play with all or just one of the resin attributes, each piece being very different from the one before. When all the conditions are right, I am able to create very unique and interesting pieces.

Resume

Education

1990-1992
University of Wisconsin-Madison,Madison,WI
MS Nuclear Engineering & Engineering Physics

1986-1990
Northwestern University,Evanston,IL
BS Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mathematics

Exhibitions

2014
Ravenswood Artwalk, Nolan Studios, October 4-5, 2014

2014
Ravenswood Artwalk, Nolan Studios, October 5-6, 2013

2012
Ravenswood Artwalk, Nolan Studios, September 29-30, 2012

2011
Ravenswood Artwalk, Nolan Studios, October 1-2, 2011

2010
Pilsen Open Studios Walk, Nolan Studios, Chicago, IL (Oct 16-17, 2010)
“Edge-tober”, The Edge Gallery, Chicago, IL (Oct 15-17)
Ravenswood Art Walk, Chicago, IL (Oct 2-3, 2010)
“Universal Love: Embracing The Divinity in All”, Life Force Arts Center, Chicago, IL (Sep 24, 2010 – Jan 2, 2011)
Group Collective Residency, 4Art Inc Gallery, Chicago IL (Sep-Dec 2010)
Group Exhibition, 4Art Inc Gallery, Chicago, IL (Aug 2010)
Lacuna Open Studios, Chicago, IL (July 2010)

2009
“Autumnal Assimilation”, Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago, IL (Oct-Dec 2009)
“Heat”, Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago, IL (July 2009)

2008
“Explorations”, The Art Center Highland Park, IL (December 2008)
“Series”, Artist Emerge, www.a-emerge.com (November-December 2008)
Marc Rubin’s “Chicago Room” Gallery, Chicago, IL (September – October 2008)
Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago, IL (September 2008)

2007
Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, IL (October 2007)
Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago, IL (September 2007)
The Man Show: Art of the Male Anatomy, Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL (August 18 – September 1, 2007)
First 40, GLANCe, North Lakeside Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (June 21 – August 3, 2007)
Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago, IL (June 2007)
Darkness: World and Culture, Caladan Gallery, Beverly, MA (May 10 – June 9, 2007)
Urban Edges X,BarringtonArts Council,Barrington,IL(March 16 – April 30, 2007)

2006
Chicago ArtOpen, Chicago, IL (October 15 – November 4, 2006)
GLAAD NYC OutAuction 2006, New York, NY, (October 22, 2006)
Curator’s Choice Exhibition, Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago IL (September 2006)
Around the Coyote Fall Festival, Chicago IL (September 7-10, 2006)
World of Found,Barcelona,Spain(October 2006)
Abstract Mind Mural Project
O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL (August 4, 2006 – January 2, 2007)
Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, IL (April 20-July 7, 2006)
Around the Coyote Winter Festival, Chicago, IL (February 9-12, 2006)
Piece Restaurant,Chicago,IL(January 15-June 30, 2006)

2005
Lincoln ParkArt Faire,Chicago,IL(September 17-18, 2005)

Memberships & Associations

Chicago Artists Coalition