I’m a Mixed Media Artist and Photographer. I’ve always enjoyed making art using all sorts of mediums since a young age. It was when I taught full-time at an art college in Chicago that I entered art shows, increased my traveling overseas; and evolved and increased my art making.
My favorite art related subject is architecture, but I don’t mind changing my subject based on my current environment (animals, nature, landscape, etc.). When I started to create more artwork, I focused on photography including a series of my black and white photographs of Chicago iconic buildings. Afterwards, a color photograph series of water reflections came next inspired by photographer Peter Wexler’s water reflections in the canals of Venice by turning his photographs up-side-down to emphasize the reflections.
After those series, I mixed the mediums of photography with acrylic and oil paints (painting on my architecture-related photographs) to produce my “Chicago Starry Night Lights” series (inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Starry Night”) and “Traditional Patterns, Surreal Skies” series (inspired by my travels that introduced me to Aboriginal art (Australia) and Japanese cloud prints). And, from there, I expanded to create all sorts of artwork from collage (influenced by a workshop taught by Mixed Media artist Dianne Martia) to 3-D to digital art (including coloring books based on my photography).
Also, I still use my instructor/tutor skills in teaching Basic Adobe Photoshop Skills, Basic Collage Skills, and Basic Collage Using Adobe Photoshop (for image transfers) workshops. And, I lecture about the group hiking trip to the Galapagos Islands that I went on focusing on the animals that I photographed for a related series and mini-collages. I’m always interested in teaching/lecturing on these subjects.
As an artist, I hope people take away from my art and acknowledge the importance of creativity, inspiration (and where it comes from), and the similarities that all people have that connect the world. And, as a life-long learner and teacher, I hope to learn more from the other artists in the gallery and the people that come to the gallery, and share what I have learned with my artwork over the years 😊