Around the edge
The Digital Age has brought upon us a binary kaleidoscope fog blanketing both perception and reality. I think of my art as beyond the fog evolving instead at the bottom of an inkwell. In only working with the traditional media of pencils, pens and paper, my inspiration derives from personal perceptions of contemporary life and the reality of encroachment.
Since 1997 I have retreated to a life inside an imaginary inkwell- a black and white world of duality sprinkled with social commentary and Dreamscape imagery. In the current exhibition “Around the edge” a three-dimensional format is explored with each ink drawing wrapped around a canvas and secured in a shadow box frame giving the work the appearance of a cultural relic. Portrayed within are other worldly landscapes of mountains, waterways and woodlands populated by featureless beings. Many are cliff dwellers seeking escape while others are just engaging in daily activities. Events unfold as a celestial armada encroaches their environment- causing consternation and portending everlasting change. All takes place under a moonlit sky around and over the edge with conflict, dreams and humor woven within.
Born and raised in Chicago and living in DC since graduate school, my career as an artist extends back to the early 1970’s and includes twenty-six solo exhibitions, numerous gallery and museum exhibitions (The Corcoran Art Gallery, The Anderson Gallery, The Katzen Arts Center). Additional noteworthy exhibitions and awards include the “Washington Art Matters ll: 1940s – 1980s” exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen Center, First Prize in The Fairfax Art Council awards, First Prize in The George Washington University Alumni Competition, and a Special Recognition award from The Virginia Commission of the Arts. Collectors include American University, The George Washington University, Marymount University, George Mason University, the Elisabeth French Collection, the Gudelsky Collection, Radio One and Prudential. I studied at The University of Illinois (BFA Painting), The George Washington University (MFA Painting), and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (TICA). Currently, I am employed as an adjunct professor teaching Drawing at Laurel Ridge Community College in Warrenton, Virginia and reside in Washington, DC.