Artist Biography 2018
Pastel, pure pigment... painting with hands with nothing between me and the medium which is directly transferred to paper.
French makers of the finest pastels go into works of art that abstract nature, or express pure abstraction. The brilliance, and the buttery quality of the pastel stick allow the works to blaze like the sun in bright shades, or form murky pools of grayed down shades of subtlety.
Hard Edges...soft edges...trees...branches...color. Painting from memory, images of shores, and sand or skies fractured by bright sunshine, or bouncing light off water.
Look to the natural view, and take it to it's purest form while using the purest form of pigment available is a creation of joy for me. A place where time itself is lost.
Pine Needle Basketry and Vessel Forms
When I engage in fiber arts I am creating something, but I'm also participating in historic traditions thousands of years old. I'm not only making art for my own and future generations, I am embodying the work of my ancestors.
Folklore is passed mouth to mouth. Folk Art is passed hand to hand. Pine needle and grass coiling into baskets has been in existence since the time of man. My extensive study with the Gullah Geechee in the barrier islands off the Georgia Coast, and a master coiler North in the barrier islands of Virginia imbue the work with a deep tradition yet the forms move outside tradition to embrace a new definition of basketry and vessels, stretching the traditional forms and materials to embrace contemporary meanings.
Found Items... pieces from the forest and desert floor, and the flowing current and eddies of the rivers influence the work as they have influenced my life...past, present, and future evidenced in all.
Con Amici, Baraboo, WI 2016
Alexander House, Port Washington, WI, 2016
University of Wisconsin Unions, Madison, WI 2015
University of Wisconsin Hospitals, Madison, Wi, 2014
Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Reedsburg, WI, 2013
Trails Lounge, Portage, WI 2013
Tivoli, Portage, WI 2013
St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo, WI 2013
Trails Lounge, Portage, WI 2011
Angora Coffee, Madison, WI 2010
Blue Spoon, Sauk City, WI 2009
Seippel White Homestead, Beaver Dam Arts Assoc, Beaver Dam, WI September, August 2008
Kaleidoscope Marketplace, Mt. Horeb, WI, June, July, August 2008
St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo, WI January 2008, www.stclare.com
Portage Center for the Arts, Portage, WI, January 2007, www.portagecenterforthearts.com
Al Ringling Gallery, Baraboo, WI, June 2007, www.alrlingling.com
Trails Lounge, Portage, WI, July-August 2007
Absolutely Art, Madison, WI, September 2007, wwwabsolutelyartllc.com
Fast Frame Artist Series, Middleton, WI, October 2007, www.fastframe.com
Pastel Society of America Enduring Brilliance Show 2016, New York, N.Y.
Pastel Society of America Enduring Brilliance Show 2015, New York City, N.Y.
Barnett Institute, Youngstown Ohio, Pastel 2015
John Michael Kohler Institute, Kohler, WI 2017
Whispering Woodlands, Madison, WI 2016-
Driftless Folk School, Pine Needle Basketry 2015-
Ardyth’s Sew and Vac, Baraboo, WI 2015-
River Arts on Water, Sauk Prairie, WI
Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum, Cederburg, WI
A.R.T. Gallery, Baraboo, WI
The Mercantile, Portage, WI
Lakeland Hospital, 5 Pieces, 2012
St. Clare Hospital, Doctor’s Lounge, 3 pieces, Baraboo, WI March 2008, www.stclare.com
Handweavers Guild of America 2015-
Wisconsin Pastel Artists, Milwaukee, WI Member 2015-
Pastel Society of America Signature Member 2015-
Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association 2015
National Basketry Organization, Member 2015-
Madison Museum of Modern Art, Member, Madison, WI 2013-Wisconsin Regional Artists Association,
Portage Center of the Arts, Past Board Member, Portage, WI
Wisconsin Art Museum, West Bend, WI 2013- www.des.wisc.edu/lsa/art/wrap/about.htm 2011-2014
Sauk County Artist Association Member, www.scaa.org 2011-2016
WRAP Show, Portage, WI 2017
Youth Art Month Show, UW Baraboo 2015
Trailways Show, Montello High School 2015
Honorable Mention Uart National Show 2015
Winning Artist, Encore Art, 2013, UW Baraboo, Baraboo, WI
Winning Artist, Encore Art, 2012, UW Baraboo, Baraboo, WI
Winning Artist, Encore Art, 2011, UW Baraboo, Baraboo, WI
Winning Artist, Encore Art 2010, UW Baraboo, Baraboo, WI
State Award, Wisconsin Regional Art Association, “In the Presence of Trees I and II”
Winning Artist: Contour Notes Centerfold Drawing Award 2007
Winning Artist: Portage Center for the Arts Triptych Design 2007
Gallery Owner, R. Condon Gallery and Studio 2015 through present
Art Inspires Us, 2017, Portage Center for the Arts, 2017
Exquisite Uterus Project, 2012, UW Madison, Madison WI 2012
Rockford College, IL 1973-1975
University of WI, Madison, WI, 1980-1984