LSD in Chicago: "Paint should not be applied thick. It should be like breath on the surface of a pane of glass." -- James McNeill Whistler

They flew me to Chicago in the waning days of winter when in fact I had practically decided what to paint in the client's Lake Shore Drive penthouse apartment site unseen. Since I knew the place had sweeping views of Lake Michigan I figured water had to be the theme. My research took me back to one of my favorite influences, James Whistler and his silent, beautiful waterscapes. When I arrived at the apartment under construction and looked out onto the massive melting ice floes, I thought: yes, this is it. And so my mural design came directly from my first impression. Sometime later the client was able to buy the adjoining penthouse and with the entire floor and more space there was another opportunity for my work. This time my attention was turned in toward the land and the great prairie. Again, the imagery is soft and abstracted. This second mural is painted in the warm earthy colors of the plains.

Materials: acrylic and mica powders on heavy weight muslin.

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