Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.  --Pablo Picasso

My blog will be primarily my reflections on my work throughout my life--what moves me to want to create something which is difficult to express in any other way but through visual means.

Sometimes I will discuss specific pieces on which  I am currently working and how they relate to works in the past.  Other times my comments will be more general about what imagery, whether "real" or imagined, interests me.


Preparing for art school...

After leaving university, I set off for Chicago, with a conviction that I wanted to study art....How i would enter this great institution and with what means, was still rather vague.  I worked odd jobs and, for the first time in my life, rode many elevated and underground trains .  My point of view changed.  Over the next 2 years, I created a portfolio of works on paper to submit for graduate school admission.  These works started in black and white and evolved into color, and I assuaged my homesickness for the Virginian Blue Ridge by intertwining their soft  graceful curves with the pulsating city lights and linear midwest plains.