The First 200 Years: A celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial
For two years I've been traveling Illinois gathering inspiration and information for this Bicentennial tribute. A lifelong Illinois resident, my paintings and collages focus on places and people who have contributed to Illinois' development and growth. Time, Nature, and the need to adapt have dynamically impacted our rural and urban communities, and I want to capture these sights before they evolve, vanish, and are forgotten.
I received three grants from the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, to explore the technique of collage. The most recent grant was for experimenting with various gauges of mesh, combined with acrylics and other materials on various surfaces. The mesh screens create a moire effect of depth and movement, indicating the dynamism and energy of the urban landscape. In 2013-2014, the collection was introduced in "Unforgettable Places, Memorable People," a two person exhibit with figurative painter Judith Roth, at the Koehnline Museum, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL. The video below is from that exhibit.