I work in two-dimensions—primarily in paint juxtaposed with printmaking, collage and drawing. My challenge is to  embrace and recreate an observed object in line and color on the flat surface. That reflection may appear as photographic realism or may be interpreted as something more evocative and abstracted. But it is the tactile, fluid quality of the paint that encourages me. For the past few years I have discovered that I want to incorporate my enthusiasm for cycling into my art. My works are inspired by the landscapes that I observe while on the bicycle, the patterns of roads and maps as well as the actual mechanics of the bicycle. And, to quote John Marin, “I am representing paint first of all, and not the motif primarily.”


2008    Anatomically Correct, Evanston IL — Best in Show

2009    TAC, Highland Park IL

2009    CFANN/Red Tape Theatre, Chicago IL

2009    New Visions Gallery, Marshfield WI

2009    Ysla Battrell Gallery, Wilmette IL

2009    Little Black Pearl Gallery, Hyde Park IL

2009    NSAL Inchworks, Winnetka IL

2010   University of Chicago, Hyde Park IL

                    Press:    http://tech.uchicago.edu/features/20100311_blackpearl/


          2011   AAF, New York

          2011   Actuel’art, Paris, France

2011   A.I.R. Gallery, NYC

          2011   Haystack Mountain School, Deer Isle ME

          2011   Le Genie de la Bastille, Paris, France

                    Catalog:    http://www.legeniedelabastille.net/spip.php?article161

          2011   ARC Gallery, Chicago IL

                    Press:   Art Review

          2012   AAF, Los Angeles CA

          2014   Lake Gallery, Bigfork MT

          2014   Red Head Gallery, Toronto Ontario

          2015   Ohio Wesleyan University, Ross Art Museum, Delaware OH

          2015   Art Access Gallery, Columbus OH



           Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware OH

           Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA

           North Shore School for the Arts, Glencoe IL

           Seattle and Bellingham WA

           Chicago IL

           Westhampton Beach NY

           Danville KY

           Cincinnati OH

           Folsom CA

           Missoula MT

           Montreal Quebec

          ARC Chicago

          CAC Chicago


          1980-2005  Rubin and O’Brien Communication and Design

          1973          University of Hawaii, MA

          1969          Ohio Wesleyan University, BFA


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