Statement About My Work

The natural landscape has always been a powerful focus of my work. Currently I am conducting on-site research at local prairies, depicting the landscape in paint. Prairies have been reduced to isolated fragments that require conservation and preservation. Less than 1% of the presettlement tall grass prairie remains.

Macro and microenvironments fill my paintings, engaging the viewer in their detail. Even while painting tranquil scenes, I achieve active color sensations by layering color over complementary underpaintings. My paintings express delicate sensations through subtle texture and natural pattern.

The tall grass prairie is an irreplaceable tapestry of plant and animal life. I paint dynamic compositions of Midwest prairie remnants so that the viewer can appreciate and see the need of their preservation before they are lost forever.

Biography

I was born in Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada in 1958 and became a naturalized US citizen in 1999. I graduated from Marshalltown, IA High School in 1976. I received my BA from the University of Northern Iowa in Art Education in 1980, where I was awarded a free tuition art scholarship for my last two years and completed my MA from Western Illinois in 1999. I have been teaching art in the Davenport School District since 1980.

Galleries

Atkinson Collection Gallery
Be Original. Own Originals

115 E Green St.

Bensenville, IL

630-335-9565

http://www.aogallery.com

info@aogallery.com

Octagon Center for the Arts

427 Douglas Avenue

Ames, IA 50010

(515) 232-5331

http://www.octagonarts.org

Quad City Arts
1715 2nd Ave
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
(309)793-1213
http://www.quadcityarts.com
info@quadcityarts.com

Broadcast Media

Prairie Painter - KWQC Channel 6 Fran Riley Features Reporter

Publications

"The Bones of Paradise" by Jonis Agee

My painting "October Evening" is the cover art for award-winning author Jonis Agee in her novel "The Bones of Paradise".

“Paintings in Acrylics” The Indispensable Guide by Lorena Kloosterboer

“Morning Dew” on pg. 12

"Creating Exceptional Color with Acrylics" by Lexi Sundell

"Sunset" on the cover

"Dunn Ranch" and "October Evening" on pages 100-101

Creating Exceptional Color with Acrylics

Exhibititions