Sunday, June 5, 2016

New Show with Chicago Women's Caucus for Art

My new oil painting "Observation" is oil on canvas and measures 36"x 36" and will be on exhibit at the Mayslake Peabody Estate Gallery during the months of June and July.

My oil painting "Confluence" will be in the catalogue for the show at the Peabody Estate Gallery where I will show with members of the CWCA.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Art With a Purpose: "Faces Not Forgotten"

I learned about Faces Not Forgotten from Arlene Rakoncay, the president of the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art.  She sent all members of the CWCA a link to the information about this powerful art project that puts a face on the young victims of gun violence in America's cities. 

The Faces project was started by artist, Christine Ilewski. She began painting portraits of children who have died from victims of gun violence in memory of Lorenzo Rosebaugh. It is her hope that by putting a face to these victims, we can raise awareness about gun violence in the USA.

Posting pictures is a powerful way to promote engagement, as pictures tend to garner more views, likes, shares, and comments than text alone. Join us as we present thirty-four Chicago artists who responded to the call for artists, to join our social justice movement by painting portraits of Chicago youth who have lost their lives as victims of gun violence.

I painted the portraits of Thomas James Randolph and Rolanda Marshall.  The completed portraits have exhibited at Genesis Art Gallery, Bloomingdale Gallery and in June they will exhibit in the Phantom Gallery.  Printed on canvas the portraits will be then stitched together to form a quilt that will become part of a traveling exhibit.  The original portraits will be presented to the families of the victims at a special ceremony at the Phantom Gallery in Chicago.
Rolanda Marshall was 14
Thomas James Randolph was 20

Saturday, April 23, 2016

New Work on Exhibit at Arts in Action

Three new paintings in the studio.  These are all painted from photos from travels on trains and in the Metra station in Chicago.

Here I am with the completed paintings on exhibit for the first time in the Sage Gallery.

More work on exhibit in Arts in Action.

March went by so fast that I haven't even had a chance to write in my journal much less post on my blog or update my web sites.  The pics above show you what was keeping me busy in March.  Along with painting a portrait for "Faces not Forgotten" my new work required attention to detail and surface that I always focus on in my work.  I will post more info about the "Faces not Forgotten"  project in my next installment.

 Above are the new works that I have on exhibit in the Sage Gallery at the Lakeside Arts Park in Crystal Lake.  I have been exploring and expanding on my ongoing interest in water and the vital role that it plays in all life on earth.  I found the photos that I've taken at Crown Fountain in Chicago to be a wealth of visual information that I have been working with to expand on my ideas about water and humans interacting with it's endless ebb and flow. I have never run out of ideas or subjects for my work, the world is so interesting I don't think I ever will.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Nathaniel proudly showing off his two final paintings in my studio and achieving his Art Merit Badge.

I've been busy in my studio during the past 8 months with painting, open studios and basically working all the time.  My latest news is that my friend Nathaniel just earned his Boy Scouts of America Art Merit Badge.  His Dad and I worked with him for 6 months developing a specialized a art program that would allow Nathaniel to prove that he could fulfill all the requirements to achieve the merit badge.  Nathaniel is 14 with Downs Syndrome and a remarkable young artist.  He shines in painting, especially when he can narrate while he's painting.  He fills the room with his joy while he's making art. We'll get started on his sculpture Merit Badge soon.  I forgot to mention that I'm a Certified BSA Merit Badge Counselor.  I love working with the boys on helping them achieve the next level on their way to becoming Eagle Scouts.....and many of you thought the Boy Scouts were all about camping and hiking.

Monday, October 19, 2015

New Venture, A New Radio Show for Veterans and their Families

I will host my first radio program called Vet Net beginning on November 11 at Huntley Community Radio broadcasting on 101.5 FM as WHRU-LP. (

Below you will find a brief description of the show:

Every year in November we honor and remember all veterans who have served in all wars. This program will acknowledge and honor these brave Americans every day.  The title of the show is Vet Net, short for Veterans Network.  The title came from Jeanine's sister Sharon Hill Sprenger, an Air Force and National Guard veteran.  On this new show we will feature women and men who will share their stories of sacrifice while serving their country.  Take a few minutes out of your busy day and meet a local veteran through their stories of service.  In addition informational programs for veterans in the region will be announced about services available for the local veteran community. 

In honor of Veterans Day the first show will air on November 11 at 5:00 p.m.   My guest Alan Belcher will share his stories of service in the US Army during the Vietnam War and life after his return home from war.  He is a counselor and founder of Transitional Living Services located in Hebron, IL.  TLS provides housing and services for homeless and disabled veterans and their families in McHenry County.

Huntley Community Radio, Ltd (HCR) is a community oriented, volunteer run, 501(c)(3) Illinois not-for-profit corportation.   You can listen to live broadcasts on your remote device or computer, and catch the programs after they are aired as podcasts on their web site.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Happy to be Exhibiting in Two Shows for Chicago Artists Month

The cooler weather and the rustling leaves of fall are here ushering in October and time for Chicago Artists Month.  The City is bursting at the gallery doors with art shows and performances.  There are so many committed artists in the Chicago area that bring  bring a special energy to the cool Midwest days of Autumn. I am so glad to be a part of the City art scene where artists are appreciated and celebrated.  Here's a brief overview of the two shows where my art is on exhibit.

This beautiful invitation card was designed by Fletcher Hayes, a long time Artists Breakfast Group member.

My oil painting "Sunlit Viewers" 24"x 24" is on view with the Artists Breakfast Group "Caffeine IX" Exhibit

I am so excited that I'm showing my new oil painting "Sunlit Viewers" with the wonderful artists in the Artists Breakfast Group for Chicago Artists Month.  I've exhibited in the past few years with the ABG members and love to attend their receptions, but this is the first time for my work to be featured with theirs.  The reception was crowded with plenty of art lovers and engaging conversations.

OCTOBER 3 TO NOVEMBER 5, 2015           

The Artists Breakfast Group (ABG) is partnering with the Chicago Society of Artists (CSA) for a shared exhibit as featured in Chicago Artists Month, at the Old Town Art Center Triangle  Gallery, 1763 N. North Park, Chicago.
     Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, 10 am to1 pm.
     Closed Mondays,

I am also exhibiting my two oil paintings "Mary at the Vatican" and "Michelle in Cologne" with the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art. 

Chicago Women's Caucus for Art Exhibit
Beyond the Studio

September 28 – December 16, 2015
North Shore Senior Center Gallery (NSSC),
161 Northfield Road, Northfield, Illinois 60093
west of Edens Expressway; north of Winnetka
Road • 847-784-6030 •
Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 1:30 – 4:00 PM

The artist reception for both shows, Caffeine IX and Beyond the Studio where on October 11, my birthday.  My dear friend Bert Leivelle brought me a birthday cake, replete with candles to the the CWCA reception.  Everyone was so delighted and I was surprised and delighted by Bert's thoughtfulness.  

If you're in Chicago during October please take time to visit one of the galleries and enjoy the art by outstanding artists in the region.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pushing the Depth in New Painting

The first day of work for a new 48"x 36" oil on canvas painting.

This is almost complete, moving past the details.

Detail from the foreground.
More paintings to do in my continuing interest in the light, color, people and energy at Crown Fountain in Chicago.  I am drawn to the complexity and the challenge of pushing the depth that can be achieved on a flat surface.  The people moving and interacting with one another and the water is a continuing source of interest for me as a painter.  The process is the most important part of my work, the finish product is the result of total focus and always trying new ways of working while learning where my next brush stroke will take me.
This painting will be number 39 in my body of work about water.  I can't wait to get started on my next drawing and painting!