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This is my painting of Jeff Zimmermann's mural on the corner of Church and Maple Ave. in Evanston, IL. It's painted on the underpass where commuters catch the Metra Train. The mural was sponsored by Art Encounter, a local non-profit. See links page for more information.

My most recent body of work is composed of urban cityscapes. I’m attracted to colorful, semi-abstract glimpses of people moving through space. In the cityscapes I paint, I capture fleeting moments of light and color as they scatter across the picture plane. Shadow shapes merge with simplified geometric forms that occasionally collide in perspective. I take viewers on a journey down streets and sidewalks to engage them with the shadows and textures that surround them. I convey such images through fragmented skies, punctuated by umbrellas, signs, telephone poles, and wires - all indicators of the texture of life all around me. In our fast-paced world, my goal is to get people to slow down and SEE the underlying textures of the city where I live and of those where I travel.

For me, painting is a daily ritual inspired by the walks I take several times a day around town with my dog. I notice the rhythms of life through repetition; I’m attracted to the glow of sunlight as it illuminates colorful murals on the walls of an underpass. Or, I’m drawn to slivers of hard-edged shadows that stretch and break across the sidewalks. Instead of staring at small screens, I want people to look up and notice the geometric rhythms of the brilliant architectural forms that engulf them…