"I AM WHAT IS AROUND ME." Wallace Stevens, The Collected Poems
Waves-Patterns-Particles, Changing States of Water, Alluvion Design, Abstraction & Form, Channeling The Force, Charting The Invisible, Navigating In The Dark and Reflections On Infinity: Required courses at the Mississippi River School of Wonder and Research. Observations and experiences in the way of the river launched a lifelong quest for truth about beauty and dynamism within forces of nature.
So it is that my visual arts education originated where the Mississippi River meets the Wapsipicon. Confluence of opposing currents in the channel staged in an arena of vast space, luminous color, reflections, refractions and infinite change provided inspiration that chartered my life's work.
Although my physically present life on the Mississippi ended after secondary school, the Mississippi River experience can be applied to all waters, lands and skies wherever I am.