I have been a working artist since 1973. During the first part of my career, I was a fine art photographer using large format cameras, making platinum and palladium prints (two non-silver processes). In the late ‘80’s, I began working in more traditional media, eventually receiving my MFA in painting and printmaking.
In “Drawing Wilfred Owen,” I am showing work based on the poems of Wilfred Owen, one of the British “Trench Poets” of World War I. I first read the poems in 1993 while following the libretto to Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem”, an overwhelming work written in 1961 to celebrate the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral in England, the original one having been destroyed during the World War II. He interpolated a number Owen’s poems into the Latin Requiem mass, using his music to convey his horror of war and his pacifism. After a pause of several years, I returned to the poems and made a journey to the battlefields from Verdun, France to the Menin Gate, a monumental portal in Ypres, Belgium that honors the 54,395 missing Commonwealth war dead killed in the Ypres Salient. It was through the original city gate at the site that British and American soldiers left for the front. Having come of age during the Vietnam War, the poetry of the Great War is incredibly powerful and resonates with me. My show includes pastel drawings, photographs, and mixed media.