Having grown up and spent most of my life in the urban surroundings of Chicago, it is a revelation and a joy to now dwell in the beautiful rural Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The rolling hills, small farms and constantly changing rhythm of treed and open land make for stimulating subject matter for my block prints. The very medium itself seems eminently appropriate to the subject. Because I come from an urban background, I don’t doubt that my interpretation of the landscape is romanticized and somewhat “purified”. But it is the very “19th Century-ish” feeling of so much around me that dictates this approach. I am thrilled that many “real Vermonters” (natives) have commented that my work is so essentially “Vermont”.
Biography: My initial art background comes from my father who informally coached me in drawing and painting while I was still in grade school. In high school my energy went into learning to play the oboe. I hold a master's degree in music performance from The Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. My performance background includes appearances with symphony orchestras in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Toronto. Of the 35 years of professional performing, the last twenty were spent mainly in Chicago area theatre orchestras and in doing some commercial recording as well. I started to paint again in 1983 under the artistic nurturing of George Rocheleau at the Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois. Mr. Rocheleau was a prot?g? and colleague of Francis Chapin at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My wife and I settled in Danville, Vermont in 1996. We have found these surroundings to be inspiring both artistically and as a place to call home. I began doing landscape blockprints of the area around Danville and Peacham, Vermont in 2000. This medium continues to intrigue me. I enjoy the combination of graphic conception with the manual involvement of carving and printing. Gallery Representation: Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild, St. Johnsbury, VT Catamount Arts Gallery Group, St. Johnsbury, VT Exhibition History: Solo show: Northern Lights Bookshop, St. Johnsbury, VT 2000 Solo show: Northern Lights Bookshop, St. Johnsbury, VT 2002 Solo show: Catamount Arts, Gallery 2, St. Johnsbury, VT 2002 Group shows: Catamount Arts, Main Gallery, St. Johnsbury, VT 2001 Group shows: Catamount Arts, Main Gallery, St. Johnsbury, VT 2002 Group show: The Red Barn Gallery, Montgomery, VT 2002
Country: United States
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