I believe our lives become a portrait of our unique personal experiences. My high school years coincided with the transition from the rock and roll music of the 1950’s to the beginning of classic rock music. The initial American arena tours of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones linger in my memory as the first live rock concerts I ever attended. Woodstock Music Festival took place during the summer after my junior year of college. Rolling Stone magazine published their inaugural issue my sophomore year of college. The Vietnam War raged, and my generation joined together in protest. A worldwide social and cultural upheaval began which I saw, felt, understood, and absorbed firsthand. Events, feelings, and the unity within my generation will be chronicled forever through classic rock music. I believe my Sculptural Enamel Paintings reflect my reaction to the times in which I came of age.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1970. My senior year concluded with the Wisconsin National Guard stationed on campus to contain student anti-war protests. The students were protesting the bombing of Cambodia by US military forces and the killing of four unarmed students by the Ohio National Guard on the Kent State University Campus. I analyzed my experiences from college and internalized a perspective of society that I wanted to express through visual art the same way singer-songwriters excite listeners through words, instrumentation, and melodies. After taking art classes at six different universities, I became a couture fashion designer, creating unique embellished evening gowns for art patrons and the sophisticated elite. A natural, creative progression led to exploration of a different genre: painting.
In my studio, time, deadlines, and responsibilities must disappear for my individuality, energy, and ingenuity to triumph. The mood, rhythm, and ideology of rock music compel me to paint a new artistic language. Self-knowledge dictates that I must express through creation as opposed to recreation. Independent and free by nature, I explore only uncharted artistic territory. Hopefully, my new language will engage viewers in a dialogue between my artwork and personal identity. My art ignites human imagination, a place where boundaries and restrictions do not exist. To me, this embodies true freedom. True freedom emancipates my soul.