Size: 30"W x 36"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2016
On special occasions, I love to dine at Trattoria Ten, which is a top restaurant in the heart of downtown Chicago. So I knew I had to get out the canvas and paint this wonderful old Italian restaurant. The interior features a dramatic sculpture-like column and beam structure. It visually anchors the surrounding, sophisticated atmosphere that features diners and bustling waitstaff. I am an architect, as well as an artist, and I used my architectural skills to portray the proportions and depth of this charming scene. I used a lively palette of contrasting yellow and blue colors to convey the excitement of these special occasions.
I grew up in Midland, Michigan. There I admired the beautiful buildings designed by Alden B. Dow, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright. This inspired me to become an architect, but I always made time for art as well. I graduated from the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of Michigan. I also studied at the the Hyde Park Art Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have displayed my art in local, national and international exhibits. My recent solo exhibit, Colorplay, displayed my approach to painting - color swirls over the canvas, with strong, lively brush strokes. I live near the University of Chicago and enjoy painting the Gothic buildings on campus. I was especially encouraged when my painting “Botany Pond” at UChicago won first prize at the Beverly Art Center. I have since won several awards and honors. I am also honored to have my art in private collections across the United States, as well as in London and Moscow.