September 25, 2018


My sister, Breon, has a studio near Penn Station in Baltimore. It's a big, post-industrial space now occupied by artists. Trains rumble by as one works, bells ringing, the ground shaking. This past week I worked in Breon's studio. I purchased rice paper from the...

August 24, 2018

Baltimore. I'm spending more time here. My sister, Breon, and I recently moved my mother here from Detroit. I'm here to attend my niece's wedding, and visit with family. I've also found time to go to Washington to visit museums. Breon asked me make numbered cards so we...

June 27, 2018

A new drawing, #16 (Oak Avenue), is in the Michigan Fine Arts Competition, which opened June 22, at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, and runs through August 23, 2018. The following is from a conversation with the artist.


June 25, 2018

 NARS Open Studios Show 2018 and Talk About my Art

I spent the afternoon hanging and rehanging the show until I got the hang of it. I’m confident with my final selections, though the room could use more light. The show was built around the two large canvases, becau...

April 23, 2018

The materials an artist uses are often the driver of creativity. 

I recently bought a small travel box of 12 watercolor half-pans by Lukas, a German brand, on a whim and on sale. My rationalization was the obvious — it can be easily carried in a pocket and I can add col...

March 28, 2018

Once again, I was asked about my intent. This was the first question asked by a writer, about my art, on seeing three of my framed paper paintings for the first time. We had not met before and I believe she viewed them favorably and was genuinely interested in knowing...

March 6, 2018

   The work table is the center of my studio. It’s where the physical work of making a painting takes place. My table is 8x8 ft. square and low (20”), made of two sheets of 1/2” plywood and lumber. It’s not perfect—there...

February 22, 2018

Dear Friends and Loyal Followers,

Here is my studio wall in a photo taken today, February 22, 2018. The four pieces shown in progress represent about two months of effort. John Elderfield, the curator and art historian, would call them drawings, I think, for the simple...

December 12, 2017

This is one of the places where I work. It's in the basement of an old house in Birmingham, Michigan. Fly-over country to some of you. Metro Detroit to those of us who live here. I've lived in this house, on and off, since I was 12 years old. There were sojourns in gra...

December 12, 2017

This is my latest piece. It's titled "October Piece." I gave it that title because I worked on it for the month of October. It's all I did that month, and for part of November, too. What are the ideas here? Too many to recount in this space. One might be serendipity. A...

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