The Art Institute of Chicago – October 2017

The Woman’s Board Grand Staircase – Art Institute of Chicago

As I’ve written before, there is always something good, something exciting, something sublime, something challenging, to see at The Art Institute of Chicago. Since there is such a wealth of riches, Continue reading →

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Fifty Years Ago – June 1967

Yes, it was fifty years ago, if not on this exact day, it was in this month during June 1967 that this picture was taken.

I had just made the lithograph shown in the photo, two states of its progress. It takes its title “Twentieth Century Fox with a Fantastic Plastic Four Speed Box” from a mash-up of music, pop, and car culture, and was the last print I made in California. It was hand drawn on stone, bleed printed with two transparent colors over black, on 15” x 11” Rives BFK in an edition of 20. Continue reading →

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Coal Train – Night

Coal Train – Night

Pulp Mill 2016

Site of former pulp mill, Bellingham, Washington

At the outset I’d like to say that this post isn’t specifically about art, but it may provide some insight in to how my thought processes, combined with history, experience, and environment, inform my process of making pictures.

One of the first things I ever heard about Bellingham Continue reading →

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Graphic Masters Seattle Art Museum

Graphic Masters Seattle Art Museum

There were several good, ambitious exhibitions in Seattle this summer, timed to coincide with the second annual Art Fair. To get a sense of what is going on in the Pacific Northwest and learn about those ambitious undertakings follow these links: Art Fair and Out of Sight v.2 at the King Street Station and Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art COCA – now relocated to their new space. UW’s Henry Gallery, presented Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures, a captivating exhibition featuring her sculpture, installation, and videos that were exciting to see in the Pacific NW.


Rembrandt, installation view Graphic Masters, Seattle Art Museum

Last June I referred to the now closed exhibition of Graphic Masters at Seattle Art Museum and other printmaking shows Continue reading →

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