My Story

As a young child, I loved the work of Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Edward Hopper and David Douglas Duncan. My parents enrolled me in an oil painting class during second grade and I participated in art classes through high school and college. I have a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated a few courses short of earning a minor in studio art. After Madison, I moved to the Chicago area and despite my New England roots and a two-year assignment in Brussels, consider Chicago to be my home. Professionally, I’ve worked in advertising, marketing and communication for 35 years utilizing a blend of creative and analytical skills. Throughout my career, my colleagues and clients have known me for creative ideas and original thinking and persuasive communication powered by an abundance of passion and energy. 
About ten years ago I started attending classes and workshops, studying art history and making art again in a variety of media. While I still love the artists of my childhood, my admiration list has grown significantly longer and deeper. In September 2015, I began pursuing continuing studies certificates in painting, and studio art and design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I expect to earn certificates at the end of 2017 or early in 2018.
My artwork is an exploration of the changes and constants over the passage of time. I am interested in the social themes from my formative years — the civil rights movement, the space race, the Kennedy assassination and opposition to the Viet Nam War — and how they play visible and invisible roles in our world today.
Together with my wife Pam, we raised two children in Wilmette, a suburb north of Chicago, where we live today.
Jonathan
December 2016