About the Artist
Since childhood, visual art and music have always been constant, comforting, inner companions. Growing up in a small town with limited cultural resources, I am grateful that many of my public-school teachers recognized and encouraged my talents early on. I am especially indebted to my 4th grade violin instructor, Victor Sands, for introducing me to Bach, whose music would become a central inspiration in my future life as a visual artist.
Like Leo Kenny, one of the “Northwest Visionary” artists of the 1950’s, I too have felt “compelled to restate and celebrate the Mysteries” through my art, to reveal the dynamic, invisible component in any subject that is always alive. My practical work as a healing arts professional and a natural science and medical illustrator has only enhanced my understanding of the many structural parallels that exist between seed and universe, microcosmic and macrocosmic worlds.
Although I have applied these insights to a variety of artistic projects over the years, my highest priority has always been to complete the forty-eight interrelated color drawings of Illuminated Chaconne. I have revised and refined this work over most of my adult life, quietly and away from the public eye, as an ongoing personal meditation that documents the Bach Chaconne-infused dream I experienced in my mid-twenties. I will complete the art of Illuminated Chaconne in 2020, the 300th anniversary of Bach’s composition of his Chaconne in 1720.