January Artist of the Month


As a member of River City Art Association in Terre Haute I have the opportunity to share some of my artwork in RCAA’s Artist of the Month gallery space in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

Throughout January I share my 2020 vision of the world that inspired me to create unique imagery – that I know now, but I didn’t know then – would help control my emotional bleed through 2022.

The back story of my library display (not in today’s news article) starts in early March 2020 with a fantasy world I created: Rainbow Galaxy on YouTube.

Then COVID-19 shattered my rose-colored glasses, inspiring my vision for City in Pane (a reflective piece of place and time in Terre Haute) and Jumanji, intensifying the stranglehold the shutdown would have on life as we knew it. Then came the imagery in the dramatic interpretation of COVID in Nature.

In summer 2020, after shutdown, a brief respite from the COVID storm opened up Big Sky Country and a vista of Wyoming, beauty as far as the eye could see from the peaks of Beartooth Mountains.

In fall/winter 2020, the COVID resurgence loosened the tourniquet and out poured my Flood of Emotions by abstract definition. From that same photograph of beautiful Kentucky Lake, I channeled my life blood, sweat and tears through the screaming eyes and animal imagery in another abstract I titled Voodoo.

I created several other COVID-induced abstracts in 2020 and after vaccinations in March 2021, the emotional bleed was under control … until now, in January 2022, with The Perfect Storm brewing on the horizon.

Threats by Delta, and now Omicron, and the impending fear of the unknown in retirement rage through my very being.

In February, the tourniquet goes back on but I’ll loosen it from time to time to express myself through my photographs and abstract imagery.

“Through the syc-a-mores …” goes to personal art collection


This is one of three Dresser’s Legacy pieces I created for Indiana’s Bicentennial which later received an Honorable Mention in the TREES Inc. Bicentennial Trees photography contest.

Description: Sycamore tree in fall framed by the sculpture “A Song For Indiana” by Terre Haute artist Teresa Clark located near the Paul Dresser Home in Fairbanks Park along the banks of the Wabash River, framed by Dresser’s sheet music that later became the Indiana State Song.

It is on display through Jan. 2 in Swope Art Museum Education Center as part of River City Art Association’s “Pearls of the Wabash” companion exhibit to a Smithsonian Institute Water/Ways exhibition in West Terre Haute, made possible by Indiana Humanities and hosted by RiverSCAPE in Terre Haute. After Jan. 2, it will be in the personal art collection of a Terre Haute resident.

The RCAA/Swope exhibit opened Nov. 20 and runs through Jan. 2. Of the 43 pieces by 16 RCAA artists I also have on display my Rivière Haute, a photograph I made in April 2013 of the flood in Fairbanks Park in Terre Haute where the Wabash River crested at 27 feet. Rivière Haute was later juried into the 2013 TREES Inc. “Trees and The River” photography contest exhibit in the Vigo County Public Library.

Also purchased in RCAA’s Pearls of the Wabash exhibit is the Dresser’s Legacy set titled My Indiana Home and Banks of the Wabash, Far Away that I created for Indiana’s Bicentennial. Also framed by the sculpture “A Song For Indiana” by Terre Haute artist Teresa Clark located near the Paul Dresser Home in Fairbanks Park along the banks of the Wabash River, framed by Dresser’s sheet music that later became the Indiana State Song.

A second RCAA reception for “Pearls of the Wabash” will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 in the same Swope location during the Miracle on 7th Street event in downtown Terre Haute. A meet and greet with some of the artists will be Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 4.

There you can also view my photography-based abstract “Wetland: “Flood of Emotions” on textured metal, floated off etched aluminum background.

“Flood of Emotions” on textured metal, floated off etched aluminum background.

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