“At the Edge of the Forest” is a series of oil on canvas paintings I have been working on for the last eight years.
These paintings are based on photographs I have taken, throughout the seasons, along the Skokie Lagoon area of Chicago’s North Shore. This is where I grew up, and I have spent the past 20 years riding these bike paths and taking it all in. Earlier in my painting career, I focused on the industrial landscape of Chicago and its surrounding area. Eight years ago, I shifted to follow my muses and influences, and began to engage in the landscapes surrounding Chicago.
This is the work that I feel connects with the painters who have influenced me over the years with regard to the landscape - The group of Seven, Rockwell Kent, the great Russian painters of the late 19th century, John Atkinson Grimshaw, George Innis. This is my my meditative side.
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