I am an abstract expressionist oil painter. I have a B.A. in Literature. I live on an acreage in rural Iowa. I have my own art studio looking out into the woods. I have been painting since I was 7 years old. I started with acrylics and moved on to drawing with pencil and conte crayon. I have done sculpture in limestone, clay, and metal. I now paint with oils and multi-media.

I am inspired by family, reading, nature, energy, truth, wisdom.

As an abstract expressionist painter, I am fascinated with the basic scientific principle that energy is neither created nor destroyed. Energy changes form from potential energy to kinetic energy and back. I explore the threshold of change; when potential energy becomes kinetic energy. That energy exists in the creative process of art making as well as life. That tension that makes us hold our breaths in anticipation and the release into eventual movement is the potential and kinetic energy we encounter in everyday life.
My works strive to capture these forms of energy that exist in all of us. I use multi-media including mirror, wood, metal, stained glass, and paper on top of silky oils to achieve a sense of texture and contrast that creates tension. I also use shapes, lines, and color vigorously applied to achieve a sense of movement and fluidity. If the potential energy of my idea can move someone to feel an emotion then that is the kinetic energy of life derived from art. If a work can convey that sense of energy to the observer then the piece has done its job.

  • Joined: July 2008

Journal

Interview

I recently did an interview for the Des Moines Contemporary Art Examiner. Here’s the link. / Linked Text
Posted over 6 years – 1 comments

Synopsis of speech given to the Siouxland Artist's Group about my work.

Expressionism and Primitivism / In order to get any sort of coprehensive picture of the enormous range of stylesin the contemporary art scene, some system of classification is needed. So I call the style of art I create Expressionist, but this is still just a system of classification and any such system inevitably involves arbitrary pigeonholing and stereotyping which distorts and simplifies our…
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Current Project: Abstract Primitive Expressionism

As the elemental dimension of symbolic culture progresses, so does, by equal steps, alienation from the natural. Symbols are essential for the development and maintenance of social order. From symbols come language… from language comes number…from number comes time and order and systematic control. That is the reason why I stay away from symbols. I paint from a transcendental view tha…
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Selling Jackson Pollock's "Mural"

True Value of Iowa’s art? Priceless / Preserve treasures for future generations / The next time Iowa Lawmakers are short on cash, they might check into how much selling Cosmic Seed could generate. The 17,000 pound, 24-foot-high sculpture in front of the Wallace Building in Des Moines took artist Ronald Bladen three years to create. The state could probably fetch a lot more than the $60,0…
Posted almost 8 years – Leave a comment
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