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Artist Statement



Inspired by the English Pre-Raphaelites and the writings of late Victorian Kentucky poets Madison J. Cawein and Robert Burns Wilson, my paintings are of the eternal human quest for love set in a lost Gothic world inhabited primarily by women who are caught in the contradictions of their dreams and how they have found their world to actually be.
Many of the inhabitants are haunted, but not by supernatural forces. When ghosts appear, they are not always the spirits of lost loved ones, more often, they are the ghosts of an idea or dream-for example, the idea that one can find a lifelong and true love or of that one person who simply cannot be forgotten. The women who spread their wings are not angels in the expected sense; their wings are a manifestation of the forces that shape their lives.

Men are sometimes present in my images, often in an embrace of acceptance and partnership as they share the immutable longing for love. At other times, men are found at that pivotal moment of undesired separation or are reaching out to comfort those in pain.

But not every moment is one of tragic endings.

There are moments of quiet joy, when the transformative powers of Love turn from dark to light. Memory no longer wounds, but instead gives appreciative perspective for what has been found again.

My paintings reject the cynicism, bitterness and irony readily found in a world mired in it. The images offer refuge for those who still value love and are immersed in true feelings, a place where it is safe to be emotionally vulnerable and to acknowledge the melancholy that sometimes enters all our lives.

Artist Exhibitions



High South Art House, Georgetown, KY, Nov 2015-
Solaris Art Gallery, Versailles, KY Oct 2015-
Creative Harvest, Hopewell Museum, Paris, KY Oct-Dec 2015
Paris Artwalk, Clay's Downtown Restaurant, Paris, Ky April 2015
Creative Harvest, Hopewell Museum, Paris, KY, Sept-Dec. 2014
Creative Harvest, Hopewell Museum, Paris,KY Sept-Dec. 2013
Barnes and Noble Bookstore Café, Lexington, KY Jan 2013-Jan 2014
Creative Harvest, Hopewell Museum, Paris, KY Sept-Dec.2012
Creative Harvest, Hopewell Museum, Paris, KY Sept-Dec. 2011
Paris Artwalk, Hopewell Museum, Paris, KY, Sept. 2011
Twilight Reveries, Woodford County Library, Versailles, KY, June-July 2011
Paris-Bourbon County Library Artist of the Month, Paris, KY, June 2011
Paris Artwalk, Paris-Bourbon County Library, Paris, KY, April 2011
Paris Artwalk, Campbell's Restaurant , Paris, KY, Sept 2010
Paris Artwalk, Campbell's Restaurant, Paris, KY, April 2010
Paris Artwalk, Campbell's Restaurant, Paris, KY, Sept 2009
Creative Harvest, Hopewell Museum, Paris, KY, Sept-Dec 2009
Miller Fine Art and Framing, Lexington, KY April-June 2009
Paris Artwalk, Campbell's Restaurant, Paris, KY, 24 April 2009
Creative Harvest, Hopewell Museum, Paris, KY Nov-Dec 2008
Paris Mobile Art, Paris, KY July 2008-January 2009
Paris Artwalk, Campbell's Restaurant, Paris,KY, July 2008
Paris Artwalk, Stonefence Bistro, Paris, KY April 2008
Bistro147 Restaurant, Lexington, KY, Feb 2005-June 2007
Outsider Art, Knoxville Arts Alliance, Knoxville,TN, Jan-Feb 2003
Inside/Out, Kentucky Theatre, Lexington, KY, June-July 2002
Heine Brothers Coffeehouse, Louisville,KY, Oct-Nov 2001
Reverse Raffle, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, Sept-Oct 2001
Visual Identities, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, May-June 2001
A Presidential Retrospective, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, March-April 2001
Open Member's Annual, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY 1994-1998,2000,2001
11th Street Expresso House, Knoxville, TN Jan-Mar 1998
Dutch Mill Restaurant, Lexington, KY Oct-Dec 1997
A Pre-Raphaelite Romance, Central Bank Gallery, Lexington, KY Oct-Nov 1996
Lexington Online Gallery, Lexington Art League/Lexington On-Line Oct-Dec 1996
Fall Exhibit, Indianapolis Museum of Art Alliance Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, Oct 1995-Sept 1996
Juried Honour's Exhibit, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, July-Aug 1996
Bluegrass Airport Gallery, Lexington Art League/Bluegrass Airport, Lexington, KY, June-July 1995
Featured Artist, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, Dec 1994
Member's Gallery, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, Feb 1994-May 1995, Aug-Dec 1995
Opera House Gallery, Lexington Arts and Cultural Council, Lexington, KY March 1994
Artists'Attic, Lexington, KY, April 1994
Artists Among Us, Lexington Public Library, May-June 1994
Woodland Park Bookstore, Lexington, KY, Oct-Dec 1990
Senior Exhibition, Berea College, Berea, KY, Spring 1985
Exhibiting Students Art League, Hutchins Library, Berea College, Berea, KY, Spring 1982
Art Club Show, Estill County High School, Irvine, KY, April 1980
Art Club Show, Estill County Public Library, Irvine, KY, February 1980


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Artist Collections



Irene Lambrou, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
John Van Meter, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Heather Lindquist, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Nancy H. Crouch, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Jeff and Lori Adkins, Whitetail, California, USA
Jennifer Cronin, Denver, Colorado, USA
Sean Eads, Denver, Colorado, USA
Elizabeth Hensel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Dienna Lehner, Scituate, Massachussetts, USA
Deborah Uttenreither, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Jerry and Kendra Richardson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA
Polly Singer, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Dena Meeks, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Schubert Schlacki, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
William Cronin, Englewood,Florida, USA
Bob Wilson, LaFollette, Tennessee, USA
Kate Diel, Robinson, Illinois, USA
Claudia and Gerald Miller, Wilmore, Kentucky, USA
Melvin and Lois Lynch, Irvine, Kentucky, USA
Betty and Jackie Griffin, Irvine, Kentucky, USA
May Richardson, Irvine, Kentucky, USA
Jerry McGee, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Wendy Miller,Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Sally Miller, Lexington, Kentucky USA
Arthur T.Lawson, Lexington, Kentucky USA
Jean Tattershall, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Gloria Lester, Lexington, Kentucky
Ida and John Cornett, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Robin Rader, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Kathy Phillips, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Kristen Broyles, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Betsy and Jack Cotton, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Dan Gimbel, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Marlin Lynch, Georgetown, Kentucky, USA
Stephen and Amy Miller, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Lee and Diana Thomas, Georgetown, Kentucky, USA
Charlie and Lisa Stratton, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Marcie and Wendell Barnett, Lexington, Kentucky,USA
D.C. Painter, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Douglas and Nancy Hanna, Winchester, KY, USA
Norma Gilpin, Cynthiana, KY, USA
Michael McIntosh, Lexington, KY
Paul Gibson, Paris,KY...

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