I am a self-taught outsider artist born (1953) and resident in Rockford, Illinois. I have been working full-time as a painter for the past twenty years and have produced a large amount and variety of artwork ranging from feminine portraits to fantasy tableaux. The work, mostly done in boldly colored acrylic, is representational, but stylized, finished and refined in technique, but retaining the naive, sincere, and sometimes whimsical quality of traditional Midwestern folk art.
Taking up art only as an adult and developing my own methods, I began exhibiting nationally in 1988 when I became affiliated with the Phyllis Kind Gallery of Chicago and New York. I had several one-man shows at the Chicago Kind Gallery, which closed in 1998, and have since been repesented in Chicago by Aron Packer with whom I continue to have regular exhibitions. I am represented as well by major dealers in Milwaukee (Tory Folliard Gallery) and Washington, D.C. (Grey Carter). My work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Art Gallery, the Museum of American Folk Art, and in many well-known folk art collections. I am profiled in several publications and am one of the few living painters included in the Encyclopedia of American Folk Art (Gerard C. Wertkin, 2004).