I was nurtured by Chicago's rich cultural scene where good art and great mentors abound. Tutored by the "Chicago school" I was left with lasting impressions of prominent Chicago artists such as Bebe Krimmer, Ed Paschke, Jim Merrell, Frieda Hogan, and Jim Zanzi. I was also deeply influenced by Chicago artists-in-residence such as Vito Acconci and Alwin Nikolais.
After attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and receiving my BFA from Barat College, I concentrated on dance and choreography. I combined these explorations with prop and set design and created gallery installations for performance. My love of form, movement, and meaning is as present in my painting as it is in my choreography; dance has greatly affected the quality of gesture in my work.
I work in latex and acrylic, but acheive the visual and color effects that are typically associated with oil paints. By using multiple layers of transparencies to create depth of field, applying textural effects that produce actual depth, and creating forms that conjure subliminal associations, my technique serves the meaning of the work much as good writing serves literary content and intent. MARTHA CHANNER