On the border of Illinois and Wisconsin, I came upon this scene while traveling with my sister. I couldn't get over the many textures and colors in this landscape, and created this piece as soon as I returned home.
A trip I took to Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois last Summer inspired me to paint this scene. I have created more paintings of Cantigny Park, inspired by the colors and textures of the landscaped gardens. I am looking forward to visiting the park again in the Spring.
This painting is of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park. Living in Oak Park for the past 40 years, I constantly see and appreciate the architecture and history around me, but what was really inspiring about this scene was the tree itself - it was framing the temple with delicate branches that looked like lace, decorated by golden Autumn leaves.
A trip to Millenium Park in Chicago inspired this painting. It was purchased by the Berwyn Public Library in Berwyn, Illinois and is on permanent exhibition at the library. I am looking forward to future visits to the park when the weather gets warmer.
Born in the Ukraine, I became a US citizen in 1957. After graduating from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, I studied at the Art Institute. My focus is landscapes in oil. Traveling through the Midwest, I take photographs, sketch and make notes that assist me back in my studio. My hope is that viewers will come away with the realization that there is beauty all around us in simple and ordinary scenes.