Art School “Academy Minerva”

It’s 1996 again as I sift through old photographs of art school in Groningen Netherlands. It has beep a point of reflection realizing my favorite themes have not changed. Going back in time gives us a chance to take stock in ones life. Looking back also gives reason move forward to experiment and be pushing your comfort zone all the time.
We are all fortunate to be here. Art has a way of saying more than words can.

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This last pic is from Highschool. I always loved that feeling getting pumped up for a Down Hill Race. Very Similar to starting a new painting.

Special Delivery

The Baker House on glass was an experiment using glue and a silver sharpie to look like stained glass. I delivered the piece today to the surprise of the staff dressed in 1920’s fashion. If any one is in the Lake Geneva are I encourage you to experience this treasure of a land mark on the shores of Geneva Lake.
I wish you all happy days and a fun weekend.

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Happy Halloween

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“Octagon” window

My latest commission:
This is an eight sided window from a prominent Williams Bay boat house. No better way to keep the magic alive that turn into art.

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Double Paine octowindow was a challenge. Just adding color didn’t match up to both sides. Double the Paine!

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Modi 3

Modi 3 is my first attempt at morphing figures together on glass. Quick brushwork was required, and the paint became thick and uncontrollable in the end. To no avail, the paint spark returned and everything fell into place.
This image was conceived from two works by Modiglianni.

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After days of thought and an old Sharpie dying out, I changed the painting into a reflection of our troops fighting against martyrs willing to die for a promised 72 virgins.

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New Non Objective

Going big today with a 3×5 foot canvass. I wanted to paint a non objective and see where the night would take me. I wound up with broad strokes and organic lines. I am pleased with the results and I hope you enjoy the piece from all four sides.

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Window horses

Hello Art fans,
A new day brings a new commission. I was asked to paint horses on one of my last antique windows in stock. So I went to one of my favorite artists Franz Marc from a small town near Munich. He was the founder of the German expressionists movement known as the Blue Rider. (Der Blau Reiter) Marc was killed in the battle of Verdun in WWI. Sad to think the great artists of the time were on opposite sides shooting at each other.
Marc was known for painting animals in their natural setting. I wanted to paint something bold with large areas of pure color. Minimal Sharpie, maximum paint. I hope you like the piece as well as Carlo and Ingrid Krause the German couple who commissioned the painting as an addition to their horse farm in Middleton Wisconsin.

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“Pferde und Fenster”
Bis Spater!

Look for the one photo from the painted side of the window:

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