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My goal as an artist is to elicit an emotional reaction and provoke the mind to a line of questioning leading to personal growth. For me it is all about consciousness. Nothing happens without some kind of personal awareness that moves us along. Each piece points to some personal situation either concrete or metaphorical that causes us to look within.
I strive in my work to push the energy of the subject to radiate it's true nature or spirit. I use sweeping movement, texture, bold color, graphic and sometimes modeled elements. The subject may be anything that catches my eye to a place I've been, a thought or idea I'd like to convey.
I layer, rinse, blot, drip, scrape and scrub to create texture and the illusion of age or depth. I use brushes of all size, pallet knives and various items in applying paint.
I was trained as a child in art principles by my artist parents, pursued art throughout primary and secondary school. I attended Oakland Community College, U of M Dearborn and graduated from Madonna University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts (painting), with a strong background in art history.
Besides showing my work whenever I could I worked in advertising 10 years, taught art grades K thru grade 9, painted blue jeans for a major department store, designed mens ties, bought and sold antiquarian prints and primitive folk art.
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