Works in Progress …

This blog page is home to experimentations that haven’t yet formed into cohesive projects. Here, you will also find finished artworks that were created outside of the typical stream of my practice, such as commissions. Thanks for visiting!

The drawing below was a commission as a part of the Hyde Park Art Center’s “Not Just Another Pretty Face.” It is currently on view at HPAC, through March 1, 2020.

Sightings. 2019. Mixed media on paper. 38×40 inches.


I recently began to explore printmaking. Hyde Park Art Center’s Center Program provided a setting to smash my comfort zone. This highly technical language still eludes me; nothing turns out as planned. But Liz Borne and Gabe Hoare, of HoofPrint are inspired mentors. Most of the works below are stage proofs. This is the artist’s opportunity to view the image at its current stage, before cutting back into the  block or reworking the etching plate. The exceptions are the lithographs. It’s not so easy to work back in to a lithographic stone or plate. The lithos below are final, and were printed by Gabe Hoare in editions of 20.

Rangda (orange/blue). 2019. 21×16 inches.

Rangda, (keyline, stage proof) etching, 24×18 inches, 2019. This plate awaits considerable work yet, including large areas of aquatint value. Stay tuned!

Beaver Hands, stage proof, soft ground etching. 12×10 inches. 2019

The Groveller, etching. 7×5 inches, 2019


The Carrion Eaters

The Carrion Eaters, 22×30 inch two-color lithograph, printed by Gabe Hoare at Hoofprint. 2018


Ostrich Parts

Ostrich Parts, 22×30 inch lithograph, printed by Gabe Hoare at Hoofprint, 2018


Hyena Self-portrait, 2 versions of a reduction linocut print, 21.5×15.5, 2019

Eyes go Boing, etching and aquatint, 10×8 inches, 2019

Do Ostriches Really Bury their Heads in the Sand?, 13×10 inches, Lithograph & silkscreen, 2018


Winter Burst the Steam Pipe! A flag commissioned by Roman Susan’s Woman’s Club. Flown at the Terrain Biennial 2019, it was originally created for the Winter Solstice, 2018-19. Woman’s Club installs artist-made flags at 7077 North Ashland Boulevard, the former location of the Rogers Park Woman’s Club. Exploring ideas around social work, community engagement, public welfare, literacy, migration, and gender, Woman’s Club celebrates area residents, past and present. This series is a collaborative initiative in partnership with The Cuckoo’s Theater Project.

The winter flag Winter Burst the Steam Pipe! highlights the particular challenge of Chicago’s wintertime climate for the aging buildings of our neighborhood, and the difficulties faced by new arrivals to the city unprepared for the harsh conditions. The flag honors the activism of the Rogers Park Woman’s Club for its contributions to community welfare. The original settlers’ village of Rogers Park was incorporated in 1873, joining Chicago in 1893 – two years after the founding of RPWC. Throughout the community’s history, Rogers Park has been the home to thriving organizations that welcome immigrants and refugees.

Thanks to Roman Susan’s Nathan and Kristin Abhalter-Smith’s spirited efforts, Winter Burst the Steam Pipe!  is gaining a CV! It has now flown at the Rogers Park Woman’s Club, the Terrain Biennial and currently at Olivia Junell’s yard at 2414 W Medill in Logan Square. The Roman Susan Foundation  develops and supports new opportunities to create, display, and experience art.

Lewbie’s Vision was also commissioned by a Chicagoan, as a part of HPAC’s Not Just Another Pretty Face, 2016. The event occurs triennially.