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1500 Jackson Street Northeast
Studio 139
Minneapolis, MN
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In my career as a critical care physician, I witnessed the struggle of life and death and its profound effects on the families of patients. I was privileged to witness the power of human touch, love, and compassion in the healing of patients and the comforting of families. I have always enjoyed art as a creative outlet making ceramic art: pottery, murals, and large sculptures. I decided to start painting by simply making marks on a canvas. From there I expanded my exploration and study to create representational works. While I admire all styles of painting, I am drawn to works including the figure, and the footprints of humankind in the world. I seek to portray the richness of the human experience, celebrating our individuality, diversity, interconnectedness, and impermanence. Most of my paintings involve partial and altered perspectives reminding us that there is always a different way of looking at the world, and more to the story than meets the eye.

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The Human Experience link to this group

These paintings capture different aspects of the human experience. Many of them are scenes that caught my eye during the course of a day and I took a quick reference photo. Each of them evokes a story for me.

At the Museum

Original oil on canvas, 18 x18 x 1.5 inches, unframed ready to hang. A mother and son on an outing at the Minneapolis Art Institute.

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Venus de Soleil

Original oil on canvas, 28 x 22 x 1.5, unframed ready to hang.

A young French woman enjoying the beach and sun in Malaysia.

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The Breakfast Club

Original oil on Canvas 12 x 16 x 1.5, unframed ready to hang.

A group of life long friends gather for morning coffee and conversation.

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Evening Shift

Original oil on canvas, 24 x 36 x 1.5 in, unframed ready to hang.

The Hi-Lo diner on East Lake street in Minneapolis at night.

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After Hours

Original oil on canvas, 18 x 14 x 1.5 in, unframed ready to hang.

Established in 1934, the popular Convention Grill in Minneapolis is showing its age, but at night when its lights shine its’ beauty remains.

 

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Coffee Break

Original oil on canvas, 24 x 24 x 1.5 in, ready to hang.

A barista on coffee break in front of Maeve’s a well loved coffee shop in NE Minneapolis that is now closed.

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Hunter’s Haven

Original 11 x 14 oil on canvas plein air painting of a beautiful fall day at a hunting cabin near Fergus Falls, MN. Nothing but the finest facilities available here.

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Still Life link to this group

I occasional will paint a still life each has a personal connection or story that inspired the painting.

Mashiko Yaki

Original oil on canvas, 16 x 20 x 1.5, ready to hang.

Yaki in Japanese means cooked over direct heat. Mashiko is a famous pottery village in Japan, and pottery is what they cook, hence the title Mashilo Yaki.

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Dragon Gong

Original Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24 x 1.5 in, ready to hang.

A traditional chao gong purchased in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and the only instrument that I play.

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Chao Gong

Original oil on canvas, 20 x 20 x 1.5, ready to hang.

A traditional chao gong purchased in , San Francisco’s Chinatown, and the only instrument that I play.

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Yet We Persist

Original oil on canvas  18 x 24 x 1.5 in, ready to hang.

A sculpture, a gateway with oil lamp, that I made for my Graduate Certificate in Ceramic Art. Our light must burn bright even in ominous times.

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Architectural Themes link to this group

I enjoy the geometry, textures, and abstract qualities of painting architectural subjects.

Mainstreet Minnesota

Original oil on canvas, 21 x 13 x 1.5 in, unframed ready to hang.

A vintage movie marquee in Hopkins, MN

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Twilight

Original oil on canvas, 19 x 12 x 1.5 in, unframed ready to hang.

The Lowry Avenue bridge at sunset.

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The Cannery

Original oil on canvas, 12 x 12 x 1.5 in, ready to hang.

A boarded up sardine cannery in Eastport, ME. I was intrigued by the textures of the building.

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Shade

Original oil on canvas, 16 x 20 x 1.5 in, ready to hang.

A beautiful courtyard in Arizona.

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At Home in Abiquiu

Original oil on canvas, 30 x 40 x 1.5 in, ready to hang.

A visit to the home of Georgia O’Keefe inspired this series. Her home remains undisturbed from when she lived there. The creative energy of the surroundings is palpable.

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Homage to Georgia O’Keeffe

Original oil on canvas, 18 x 24 x 1.5 in, ready to hang.

A visit to the home of Georgia O’Keefe inspired this series. This painting pays homage to her Pelvis series of paintings.

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Clouds Over Abiquiu

Original oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in, ready to hang.

A visit to the home of Georgia O’Keeffe in Abiquiu, NM inspired this series. The clouds of New Mexico are striking, they feel so close to the earth as if one could touch them.

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Hunter’s Haven

Original 11 x 14 oil on canvas plein air painting of a beautiful fall day at a hunting cabin near Fergus Falls, MN. Nothing but the finest facilities available here.

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Abiquiu Sage

Original oil on canvas, 30 W x 48 H x 1.5 D, ready to hang, and inspired by a trip to the home of Georgia O’Keeffe in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Her energy persists there. I like the contrast of the massive adobe walls with the small landscape of the interior courtyard. The interior landscape dominates, indicating that power and might does not always equate with prominence. I also enjoy the abstract elements of the geometry of the composition and the light and dark contrasts.

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Old Las Vegas link to this group

This series was inspired by a trip to Las Vegas in 2015 and a visit to the Neon Sign Museum, also known as, the Neon Boneyard. It occurred to me that Vegas embodies all that is human: ambition, joy, sorrow, greed, corruption, desire, creativity and beauty. The signs reflect the arc of their lives: birth, youthful vigor, success, and then retirement, sometimes to obscurity, and at other times memorialized. I found beauty in their imperfection, the wear and tear rendering them more interesting and perhaps reflecting their storied histories.

 

Vegas Vickie

Original oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in, ready to hang.

Vegas Vickie and her husband since 1994, Vegas Vic, were the first couple of Las Vegas’ famous Fremont Street. Vickie, previously known as Sassy Sally sat atop Glitter Gulch which closed in 2016. In June of 2017 she was removed from her perch and is currently looking for a new home.

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Around the Bend

Original oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, ready to hang.

Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel, formerly Binion’s Horseshoe, is located along the Fremont Street Experience mall in Downtown Las Vegas. Binion’s Horseshoe closed in 2009. A portion of the curved sign with the interlocking “H” pattern is mounted in the Neon Boneyard.

 

 

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Reach for the Stars

Original oil on canvas, 13 x 21 x 1.5 in, ready to hang.

When the Stardust opened with its’ futuristic outer space theme in July of 1958, it was the largest casino in Nevada, had the largest swimming pool in Nevada and the largest hotel in the Las Vegas area. It closed in November 1, 2006.

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Palm the Dice

Original oil on canvas, 8 x 10 in, framed in white and ready to hang.

This is inspired by a neon sign sculpture in the Neon Sign Museum. The Lone Palm Motel was in operation from 1954 to 1988, and NY NY now occupies that location. The dice were reclaimed from Binion’s Horseshoe which closed in 2009

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Queen of Hearts

Original oil on canvas, 15 x 20 x 1.5 in, ready to hang.

This painting was inspired by the sign for the Queen of Hearts Hotel and Casino. Ann Meyers, a Yugoslavian immigrant, bought the Casbah hotel and casino in 1976, and changed the name to Queen of Hearts in 1990.  In 2010 the Queen of Hearts was demolished to make way for Las Vegas’s City Hall. The broken bulbs symbolize the heartbreak that can be Las Vegas

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Treasure Island

Original oil on canvas, 18 x 24 x 1.5 in, ready to hang.

The Treasure Island casino opened in 1993 next to The Mirage. But in 2003, the resort changed to focus more on adult entertainment, and one of the things sacrificed in the makeover was the famous skull-and-crossbones sign, which now lies on its’ back in the Las Vegas Neon Boneyard, where it resembles a deserted island, undoubtedly with buried treasure.

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King of Coins

Original oil on canvas, 8 x 10 in a white frame, ready to hang.

The “King of Coins” reigned over The Coin Castle Casino operated at 15 Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, NV from Sept 4, 1970 to 1999, being replaced by La Bayou. The King now reigns over the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas.

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The Silver Slipper

Original oil on canvas, 8 x 10 in framed in white, ready to hang.

This painting was inspired by the giant light bulb encrusted slipper that once stood atop the Silver Slipper Gambling Hall and Casino. It has been restored and is displayed near the Neon Sign Museum in Las Vegas.

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Fremont Street Palm

Original oil on canvas, 8 x 10 in, framed in white, ready to hang.

Fremont Street, in downton Las Vegas is among the most famous streets in the Las Vegas Valley besides the Las Vegas Strip.Named in honor of explorer John Charles Fremont and located in the heart of the downtown casino corridor, Fremont Street is or was the address for many famous casinos, many of whose signs now rest in the Neon Sign Museum.

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Fremont Street Flamingo

Original oil on canvas, 8 x 10 in, framed in white, ready to hang.

Fremont Street, in downton Las Vegas is among the most famous streets in the Las Vegas Valley besides the Las Vegas Strip.Named in honor of explorer John Charles Fremont and located in the heart of the downtown casino corridor, Fremont Street is or was the address for many famous casinos, many of whose signs now rest in the Neon Sign Museum.

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