Journal

Seeking the Wild

Seeking the Wild
For the past three months I have been working on Wild Stirrings: The Pier, a large-scale painting inspired by my regular visits to the Chicago lakefront just a few blocks away from my home and studio. Having such easy access to the shores of Lake Michigan and the natural habitat there has provided endless opportunities to observe and reflect upon the notion of the wild and what it means in our environmentally challenged times. Continue reading

New Season, New Series

New Season, New Series

During the month of September, artists focused on the concept of Extraction by selecting a specific area of an image made in the previous few months and developing a series from it. New works were constructed through multiple prompts that included working in a circular format, exploring new materials, methods, and surfaces, and infusing images with the spirit of contemporary artists of interest. The images below showcase these ongoing serial explorations.

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Summer Swept

Summer Swept
Chicago comes alive each summer with its beautiful lakefront and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, bright cerulean blue skies, plush canopies of trees, colorful gardens of all shapes and sizes, and a wonderful abundance of urban energy. As an artist drawn to warm weather and being outdoors, soaking in the endless visual displays of nature in combination with the city's built environment fills me up with a dizzying amount of inspiration to consider and explore in the cooler months ahead. Continue reading

Excavations

Excavations

During the month of March, artist in the Envision program dug into the concept of Excavations in their sketchbooks. Shards, text, objects, edges, and relics were explored through drawing, painting, and collage materials to create surfaces, environments, and topographies related to archeological practices. Working with a 5" x 5" square format (both within and beyond the delineated area), layers of mixed media were integrated into these built surfaces to create opportunities for concealing and revealing hidden layers and suggesting personal discovery narratives.

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Wild Stirrings

Wild Stirrings

The Loyola Beach Dunes lakefront restoration project captured my interest since its earliest inception over a decade ago. Located in the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago's far north side, this six acre lakefront dune habitat has transformed one of the city's public beaches into a native plant oasis that minimizes erosion, stabilizes the shoreline, and engages its visitors with its midwestern plant forms, seasonal color displays, and delightful birds, insects, and animals. 

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Sketchbook Explorations

Sketchbook Explorations

Creative research is the backbone of my art making practice. It is the place I turn to when there is limited time, something passes my glance and needs to be captured, or a new combination of idea + material nags to be made visual. There are concepts that pass by as singular expressions and others that have a special kind of energy that want to be explored through iteration -- different takes on the same theme. Process rules the day and practice offers meaningful discoveries.

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Germinations

Germinations

Our sketchbook work began this year with the concept of germination, the process of things coming into existence and/or developing into new forms. We explored a variety of approaches to this theme using a 5" x 5" square format and a wide range of drawing, painting, and collage methods and materials. Sketchbook pages were physically altered by tearing holes, ripping off portions, and adding extensions to activate new energy, movement, and growth into the creative process. 

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Emanations

Emanations

During the month of December, we worked with the concept of emanations, a thing or issue that spreads out from a source, while viewing videos of natural energies, forms, and phenomena. These include Reindeer Cyclones, Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, snowflake designs, ice crystal growing on glass and ice crystals freezing inside bubbles. Each of these subjects were explored on sketchbooks pages using a 5"x 5" square format and a wide range of drawing and painting materials.

 

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Constellations and Murmurations

Constellations and Murmurations
During the month of November, the artists in our Envision Program explored the concepts of Constellations and Murmurations in their sketchbooks. These subjects provided engaging opportunities for working with complex environments and natural phenomena while working with a succession of drawn and painted layers. Continue reading
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