Monday, November 24, 2008

Did You See Me on ABC Television?

If you were watching Wife Swap on ABC Friday November 21 you would have seen me teaching an acrylic painting class to one of the stars. That's right, Denise Berwick came to my studio in September with a film crew and director from the ABC Television show Wife Swap. The producer of the show called me on a Tuesday asking if I wanted to be on Wife Swap by teaching painting to one of the stars. It sounded like a lot of fun and a good opportunity to meet Denise and the film crew, so I said sure. I had about 12 hours to prepare my studio for the film sequence that was featured on the show. Denise and the ABC film crew were very gracious and it was a pleasure to work with them.

You can actually watch the entire episode on line at

Wow, now I can add ABC TV to my list along with PBS Nationally on Real Simple TV, Fox News Chicago, PBS WTTW Chicago Tonight, and Telemundo (my interview was dubbed in Spanish)., and National Public Radio (848 and All Things Considered).

Life is just full of surprises!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

"Pilgrimage and Passages, a Spiritual Journey"

Here are views of my most recent solo exhibit in the Sage Gallery. The gallery is huge and can accomodate large paintings like mine. I love working large, the process provides an enourmous sence of freedom and expressive possibilities.

If you are in the Chicago area, please visit Crystal Lake and stop by the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park to see my show. While you're there come by my studio for a visit.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tokens, Flag Vignettes

These flag paintings are 3 from a series of six. They are oil on canvas and each one measures 12" x 12". I painted these a few months after 9/11 when I saw tattered flags displayed in front of homes and businesses. There have been many interpretations of the meaning of these paintings, and conjecture into why I painted them I found these individual flags to be quite beautiful in their simplicity and power. Since I was raised in a military family, the American flag is a very dominant symbol from my past and still resonates with me today.