What initially captured your imagination about the medium you use?
I have worked in many mediums, but acrylic allows the artist to explore ones visual image on the canvas. The opaque and fast drying qualities of this medium lets the artist compose and react to the image with creative and many time unexpected results.
What types of things inspire you to create art?
Nature is a great motivator as well as the work of other artists.
What life experiences have helped to shape you as an artist?
My grandfather, an artist who attended the Royal School of Art in
Netherlands, taught me to draw and paint from the age of five. He would set up two canvases in the back yard of his Green Bay studio and we would create images. My professional life included art, design and
teaching which has always given me opportunities to explore new ways to push the visual image.
Tell us about your creative process, from the beginning of a typical piece to its completion.
I approach the blank canvas as an adventure — with no expectations. I selfishly enjoy the quiet introspection
of my intuitive self as an image is created on the canvas. Lines become spaces, areas become colors, groups of visual activities become composition. Its kind of wonderful.