My exhibition at the Omphale Gallery in Calumet will be up until the end of October.  It was a last minute invitation, but since I had been working for 2 years without a show and had work piled up, I decided to accept.  


The show is about animals and how fragile their lives are, a subject that I have been working on for about 20 years.  They are mostly new paintings with a few older ones, and a beautiful poem by Patiann Rogers,to help present the spirit of the work.


As it turns out, this will be my last exhibition of oil paintings.  My health has been suffering from allergy to the toxicity in the paint, so I have been ordered to stop.


Instead I am working on ink drawings for another book by Vic Foerstoer, "Hidden in the Trees."  I am very much enjoying the process of stroking on paper witn a delicate point, and creating fine gradations of value in drawings of trees.


I also have tlittle animal sculptures in tthe Paige Wiard Gallery in Calumet, the Community Arts Center in Hancock, and the Charlevoix Center for the Arts in Charlevoix, downstate.


My primary work is an attempt to combine imagery and abstraction, an ongoing striving to communicate while going deeper, whether I use animals or trees or no imagery at all.


In January I will have a retrospective of my work, in the Finlandia Gallery, until mid-February.


In late spring or early summer, the animal paintings will move to Montana to a new gallery in Anaconda, where they will reside permanently.


In October I will have an exhibition of tree drawings and paintings at the Community Arts Center in  Hancock, and in 2018 I will have an exhibition at the Bonifas Art Center in Escanaba.


My studio is in an old elementary school, 801 North Lincoln Drive in Hancock. I love visitors!  I am usually there but please call first: 906-370-3183.  My hours are erratic.



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