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‘Crow Court’ juried into Crow Show


I am honored to announce that my photography-based abstract was selected for the 2022 Crow Show in Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute, Indiana. I created this graphic in nature piece I titled Crow Court during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

My entry is an 8×10 dye sublimation print on HD metal, floated off an acrylic backdrop. I created the abstraction by manipulating my photograph of a patch of Crown Vetch, another invasive species. (Coincidence: Crow vs. Crown, Covid vs. Corvid, what a difference one letter makes!)

By definition, crow court is judge, jury and executioner. The crows circle and punish another crow that has committed a crime, such as stealing food from younger crows.

Arts Illiana’s fourth biennial Crow Show opened Jan. 21 with a reception in the gallery at 23 N. Sixth St. in downtown Terre Haute. The exhibit can be viewed during the gallery’s regular hours — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays — through March 18. Admission is free.

Sixty-five art pieces were selected for this year’s Crow Show by guest curators and Indiana State University alums Haley Burton and Marquise Gibbs. The 44 featured artists hail from Indiana, Illinois, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts and Canada.

A closing reception is set for March 18.

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.