My illustration background includes two years of study at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI and ten years of work on the board at Art Staff. My current gig is teaching but that does not mean my brushes have gone dry or my pixels have gone out. I continue to work as an illustrator. Clients over the years have included Mercedes Benz, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Walsh College, Principia College, Falcon Jet, Big Boy Restaurants, and Great River Roads Land Trust.
Printmaking has become an avenue for expression that I thoroughly enjoy. The process of printmaking combines the best of illustration techniques, graphic design, and fine art. One series that has been the focus of my work involves the Smith Mine disaster of 1942 in Bearcreek, Montana. A series that is still being developed.
Gone are the days of the stuffy darkroom full of the smells of developer and fixer. Replaced with the screen and the pixel. But what is not gone is what photography is all about—light. I am always drawn to shadows and the light and shapes that create them. I now with with a digital camera and Lightroom and spend countless hours glued to my computer screen sorting photos but still love the thrill of "getting the shot". Only it now appears on my computer screen and not in the tray of developer in a dark room.
Currently I work out of two studios. Studio number one sits on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River about fifty miles up river from St. Louis. The studio is located on the campus of Principia College. An inspiring place to go to work each day. Studio number two is like many studios I have had in the past and that is that it is located in my basement. Not quite as inspiring as the view from the bluffs but walk out the basement door and you will find yourself in 36 acres of woods. Both studios are filled with artifacts from study abroad programs to Turkey and Greece. And both studios are filled to bursting with all kinds of art.
My favortie medium is gouache. It is fast, adaptable, easy to change, easy to blend, and dries fast—except on a hot humid day in St. Louis. The selection of paintings here are from recent study abroad programs to Greece and Turkey in 2009 and 2011.
From the woods surrounding my home in southern Illinois I collect fallen oak trees and branches. I recycle these into tables using the wood as end-grain wafers. This makes for a table that has a wonderful swirl patterns of wood, is a table you have to touch to understand, and each table is completely unique. No two tables are of the same pattern as each slice of the tree or branch reveals a new design.
Posters from around the world—or at least from Turkey and Greece. From my recent travels to these two countries I have created a series of posters starting from images taken during my first trip in the summer of 2008. Almost everywhere you look there is subject matter for art and design—color, shapes, textures, lines, contrasts and smells if you could only put them on paper.