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About the Artist

ARTIST BIO

I am a lifelong Chicagoan and attended parochial schools in the city and suburbs. I graduated from Quigley Seminary and continued seminary studies at St Mary of the Lake University, Mundelein.  I pursued additional graduate studies in Philosophy at DePaul University, receiving a PhD in 1977.

I was a philosophy and religion instructor at Chicago area high schools and colleges for over 20 years. However, I felt a personal need for a more fulfilling life and redirected my energies to exploring painting and the related arts.

I’ve studied sculpture painting and printmaking at the Evanston Art Center and have kept a studio in Evanston for the past 10 years.

Artist Statement

Comprised of signs and symbols, my paintings display an array of images rooted in personal and political events. From a personal perspective, my art work expresses a range of feelings about how I am in the world and the world in me.

Using the silent language of the graphic artist, I explore the potential of form, color, shape, gesture, media, (oil, acrylic, encaustic) etc toward making images that provoke the viewer’s response.

In the political sphere, my paintings are also a reaction to the current state of the nation, threatened by extremists foreign and domestic. We wage endless wars these days against enemies of the United States as mankind the world over heedlessly obliterates so many forms of life on the one planet we’ll ever have.

Conceived in hope and love for life itself, these works bear witness to a deep concern over how it is with me and US and the great world in these times.

 

Paints, wax and objects affixed

Upon emptiness, the Image,

Traces of my feelings in

Signs and symbols disarrayed,

The Silence voiced

Returns the viewer’s gaze.

Life in ceaseless flux,

Wave after endless wave,

(Times political, times personal)

Across the picture plane appears

Stilled among shadows;

Only look and listen long for

Every breath brings

To life the mystery seen

Anew each moment.

Such is the light my

Art dares to bring

Our Common Predicament.