Thursday, March 5, 2015


Our Creator gave us a very unique gift, creativity. While we can not create anything from nothing, He gave us everything to create off Him.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Death - Destruction - Destiny

A site specific installation for the Carroll University Catalyst Project

In May of 2014 Carroll University in Waukesha called artists to create site-specific installations at their Maxxon building for a final artistic celebration before it would be torn down to make space for a new building. Artists could pick a room, hallway or nooks and go to work.

The event coincided with a time when I had lost my dog Buddy of 12 years and I felt that there was something similar between these events. I added to the project a new start and moved with all my painting and sculpting materials into one of the rooms and work there for three day until time expired and the Maxxon party began. I also decided to simulate a catastrophic event to my studio, and to I grab after the party what I could hold in my hands and get out of there and not look back.

From my previous research of the Waukesha past I know that the Carroll area had several effigy mounds form an age that predated the Pottawatomie, Menominee and all other native “Nations”.

So I had a personal death to digest, an upcoming demolition of a building, and remnants of an ancient civilization that is dead for many hundreds or even thousands of years. But also I had to come to terms with how will it be without a Buddy, that want to go for his walk every morning and every evening every day in the year, rain or shine, sun or snow, below or above?
Where did the mound builders end up? What will happen in the new building? These were the thoughts and questions that I worked through in these three days.

I brought Charley's (Darwin) boom box. The radio is still working and the CD player too. It has a CD with Kirk Franklin's Revolution. I labeled where to push for a revolution.


Teaching area – Experimenting area

I brought my battery operated Eclectic Chair 

Teaching Les Paulology. 
Exploring the past and connecting pasts with each other. Various guitar designs in the shape of Wisconsin mounds. Somebody had started the chalk board with a bottle “Sunny D – Taste the Power of the Sun, Praise The ….”

Teaching Virtual Geography
Carroll U mounds filled with storage media over plats.

Teaching Artology.
The science of mixing paint and materials in glass containers in search of artistic building materials for the mounds.

Mound designs for Buddy in various locations.

Snack table with Mom's Gourmet

Monday, September 8, 2014

Recent Schulptures

As of late I use more of my collected materials that I find on my walks through my neighborhood, especially on garbage day to produce sculptures. They are produced the same way I produce three-dimensional work, one moment, one step at a time not knowing the outcome. Other materials come from our garbage bins. I also use left over materials from previous projects and what I find at thrift stores – mostly frames that I customize.
He Came From Heaven


Refuge in Calamity

Charley's Boom Box

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Work end 2013 - early 2014

A new series of process-focused paintings and sculptures that start in the abstract and end quite realistic. Paintings started in the abstract (drawn away) and were drawn back to the figurative.

A Snow Bank up North in Dodge County in January 2014

Phase after I saw the bird and whitened
some of the blue to make the
bird shape more distinct

When I started painting like this it was scary, because I have no control over the outcome, the theme.And still when I face a canvas with random paint applied, it typically looks chaotic and often completely ugly and it looks hopeless and like a impossible challenge to reconcile.

I work like an autistic person, I divide a big task in many small enough pieces that are manageable and imaginable and go from one section to the next. If I can't see the "forest" I look for "one tree" first.

During the process where I had found leaves,
some flowers and the shape of a portrait which I
made more obvious with blue in the back.

Announcing God's Gift to Us

Announcing God's gift to us (according to Luke 2:10-11)

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (KJV)

 Nebuchadnezzar (Statue in his dream)

A rather contemporary rendition of the Babylonian King's Dream.
Made from computer parts, chair pieces, used masking tape, son's old toy guns, found objects and other left overs. Real poor people's art, all is repurposed.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

About the Show "Like Speaking in Tongues"

1 Holy is the Lord

“For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit...

...He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church...

...The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.”

1 Corinthians 14, NIV

Spontaneous “Fantastic Expressionism” by speaking in tongues
2 In Midair
Approaching art with a professional marketing communication background. I always knew that I talk (communicate) with my art. I speak with paint, materials and symbols that are inspired by prayer, reading scriptures, my life, news and fellow artists. I call my style “fantastic”, because I talk about inner realities; “spontaneous”, because I do little (mindful) planning or no planning (out of my mind) and develop the content as I work along; “expressionistic”, because I opine, think out loud and hand over what was put on my tongue in the moment. But I also noticed that my language - uttering mysteries by the Spirit - may not be understood readily. Paul said I need to translate my work in order to become beneficial to the community. Please trust that if you look at my work and don't understand it, that I speak to God, and that it is at first meant for my personal edification. In addition thou, I will make an attempt to interpret my work, so you may also benefit from it.

3 Livin' in a Perfect World

Suffering and purification as integral part of faith

I dedicate my life to our Lord Jesus Christ and it resulted in the continuous stripping away of my idols and false beliefs - God, hope remain (image 2). If all my belongings are burnt I suffer inside, but I am purified (4). Tears inside came earlier this year when our son was arrested in a domestic dispute, he went to jail and his relationship with his girlfriend was over, we lost contact with our 2-year old granddaughter that we had every weekend with us, I just knew that there was nothing that I could do to undo this situation, so I suffered and fasted one less meal per day for about two months until our  grand daughter was restored to us by the grace of God (4). If I am ridiculed for my faith and convictions it results in suffering but also in a circumcised heart and faith saves me from being angry (not always!) (3,4,5).

4 Tears Inside
Salvation by grace alone

The uniqueness of salvation through Christ that it is by grace alone, not a single hand-stroke or good deed of mine can add to that salvation. This is  expressed in my posture legs and arms crossed and sitting often in mid air not touching the bottom nor the top, but also in calamity, in the mouth of an behemoth, I have a refuge (images 2,3,4). Being in mid-air also is the place where one meets Christ. That happened to me the day after I was fired, lost my income, visa, and future in the USA (2,4).

Reclaimed and re-purposed by being born again

5 Pain Inside and Out
I call myself born-again and yet I doubt it every other day, but the fruit of my reclaiming and re-purposing re-confirms my belief. In recent year I increasingly use “curbside items”, i. E. frames, Barbie boxes (10), and items from thrift stores for a new artistic purpose. As symbol for worship I use duplicate music sheets from our church band, which I am a part of, to paint over (1); I use printed driving directions (6) from volunteering for Health and Human Services as a symbol to follow that narrow path to heaven; I am using masking tape from previous projects (5, 10). These materials I also use for matting and for frames (none shown).

My desire in art

Seeking God through art again - what an avantgarde that is! I consider this to be my mission, by finding Him in my life (2 - 5) worshiping the Lord (1) and discovering His mysteries (6 - 10).

6 Savior Noah
7 Christmas - Life is Coming into a Dead World
8 Before Caiphas
9 Written in the Law


10 First and Last