What I value most about being an artist is that artists possess an unusual amount of curiosity. Curiosity is magic: it’s the force that drives creation of something out of nothing. In particular it allows one to make connections between things that are often overlooked or hidden.
I grew up in Tampa, Florida, which was rich with experiences that were both ordinary and extraordinary. I experienced exotic and strange sideshows at the Florida State Fair, The Ringling Brothers Circus, some of whose performers lived in our neighborhood and later Disney World. It seemed as if I lived amongst exciting fictions and the nature of reality was often in question.
I began my art making quest at the University of South Florida, majoring in printmaking which allowed me to incorporate drawing, painting and photography. I went to earn a terminal degree that allowed me to pursue a teaching career. After teaching lithography, screenprinting and drawing for 36 years at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, I retired, Emeritus Professor of Art, moved back to Florida and opened a studio in the Warehouse Arts District. I anticipate using my Pinellas Grant Award to help pay for the costs of my studio.
My exhibition experiences include over twenty solo exhibitions including international shows in Peru and Japan. I have exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in over 100 juried group exhibitions. My public work is on permanent display at the Fort Worth Dallas Airport.
I am currently represented by Ro2 Gallery, Akard Street in Dallas, Texas and have regularly shown in group exhibitions as well as the annual Dallas and Houston Art Fairs.