Art for Life Chicago

I am honored to be participating in this year's Art for Life, a signature event of DIFFA/Chicago – the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Art for Life is a juried art exhibit and auction showcasing the talent of the art world to benefit those living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. Through donated works from established and emerging artists – selected by a jury of experts – the event provides an opportunity to invest in culture and raise vital funds to help those most impacted by the virus. 

The distinguished Art for Life Chicago 2019 jurors are Richard Bentham, Smithsonian Institution; Jef Bourgeau, Museum of New Art Detroit; Sergio Gomez, 33 Contemporary Gallery; Jessica Hopkins, Museum of New Art Detroit; Matthew Lew, Matthew Lew Fine Art; and Cameron McEwen, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 

Art for Life Chicago is built on a belief in the power of change through creativity and community, and that the art world can help lead the way to a generation free of HIV/AIDS. Special thanks to my colleague RIchard Cassis and Roan and Black Gallery for their support and contributions.


Memory Box Series

Evocative mixed-media collages recognizing the priceless moments of recollection in those suffering from cognitive decline due to dementia. The set is an homage to my uncle, artist and mentor who passed away from Alzheimer's in 2018.

The work is part of a group show featuring artists with Southern roots, on display at Roan & Black Gallery beginning August 10th through September 2nd, 2019 in Saugatuck, Michigan.


I recently came across an old roll of Holga images I took in North Georgia and Watch Hill, RI. It was the first time trying the camera and I did not load or advance the roll properly which subsequently produced an interesting collage effect.

The Blue Ridge, Georgia images were taken on a visit to see a Joe, a Silverback gorilla at a one-of-a-kind animal haven. The sanctuary looks very much like a Jurassic Park set with 15-foot concrete walls and electric fences. Joe was born in 1963 in Cameroon and spent time in Germany along with many zoos around the U.S. Getting up close to feed a SIlverback was such a moving experience. Joe passed away in July of 2012.

The other images were taken on a business trip to Rhode Island. Our team was scouting a luxury resort for an upcoming photoshoot. The seaside hotel owned a yacht that was used for entertaining important guests. I was able to get a few quick snaps in before sunset.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” Dr. Seuss


Contemporary Collage

These illustrations were proposed as a branding element for a high-end, International furniture company. The sketches incorporate product renderings created by Farm in Chicago juxtaposed with light and shadow images to highlight exquisite craft and manufacturing capabilities while alluding to architectural space.

Sport Graphics

Sketches for competitions, fitness programs and t-shirt applications. 

2017 Poignant Observations

Another year concludes with some poignant observations. After 18 years of working at Grant Design Collaborative I still give my heart and soul to the business of design. Our clients, along with Bill, Liz and Kurt, continue to push me to be more strategic, imaginative and faster at what I do. Time is never on anyone’s side and I admire families who can raise children in today’s world. I got to know my nephew, Devin, a bit more this summer when a one week stay with us provided many fond memories. There is never enough time to do everything that I want to do. I want to create more fine art, exercise and travel more. I’m still discovering things that I am naturally talented at, and bad at editing things out that I am not good doing. If I am not continually challenging myself or experiencing new things I get bored and anxious. And, I take health and family for granted way too often. With my uncle’s passing (Don Lechman) this year, I had the short and rare opportunity to hang out with my cousin Stephen, a talented architect in Detroit, and see some of the revitalization of the Motor City. My other Uncle, John Walson, who practices and taught art for many years in West Michigan, moved with my aunt to Chicago to be closer to my cousins Joslyn and Janna. Although we don’t see or speak often, he continues to be a huge influence in my life today. Life goes on...