Artist Statement:
While I spent most of my working life as an architect, returning to my first love, art, was not a major reinvention of my aspirations and goals. A basic need to make things has always been my driving force. It could be a building, a set of shelves, a garden, a prairie, a painting or a woodblock print. Buildings are almost always a collaboration among many people, however, I've learned over the years that my personality is geared toward more solitary pursuits, and I like to have both the control and the burden of being the sole creator of what I make. So, artwork has proved to be more fulfilling for me than architecture.

The places to which people can attach meaning are often a city, a town, or a special street or building. But they can also be a natural landscape, Or, they can be those places where the "man made" and "natural" interact, like the way a rural road or intersection is laid across a natural landscape. So one could say the subject of my artwork is "place", or those places which have a special sensory memory or significance for me. We have all had the experience of being touched by art and so I strive to connect to viewers through a visual representation of "place" that is at once specific and yet through each individual viewer's memory connotes a sense of place that has meaning in their own lives.

One by-product of my architectural career was the restoration of an 1854 stone farmhouse north of Galena, Illinois. Set in the rolling hills of the Driftless Region, the rural location of woods, farm fields, prairie, country roads and my own garden are the inspiration for many of my paintings and woodblock prints.


Selected Exhibitions and Awards:
Watercolor USA 2017, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, Jun.-Aug. 2017
Watercolor Wisconsin 2016, Racine Art Museum,
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI, Dec. 2016- Apr. 2017
Small is Beautiful, group show, Galena Center for the Arts, Galena, IL, Nov. 2016-Jan. 2017
Water and Wood, solo exhibition, Ballweg Gallery,
Goodman Community Center, Madison, WI, Jul. 2016. 
Watercolor Wisconsin 2015, Racine Art Museum,
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI, Dec. 2015- Apr. 2016
The Wonder of Wood, group show, Galena Center for the Arts, Galena, IL, Jun.-Jul. 2015
Eye on the Land: Mark Arnold, Brian McCormick, Karen Watson-Newlin,
Gallery II, Overture Center, Madison, WI, Jun.-Aug. 2015
Portraits of the Tri-States, Annual Juried Show,
Outside the Lines Art Gallery, Dubuque, IA, award, Feb. 2015
11th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Freeport Art Museum, IL, Nov. 2014-Jan. 2015
Out of the Woods, Contemporary Woodblock Prints, Guenzel Gallery,
Peninsula School of Arts, Fish Creek, WI, Aug.-Oct. 2014
A Sense of Place: New Watercolor Landscapes and Ceramics of the Driftless Region,
Outside the Lines Gallery, Dubuque, IA, Mar. 2014
Waters and Woods, Invitational with Amy Arntson,
MOWA (Museum of Wisconsin Art) at St. John's on the Lake, Milwaukee, WI, Jan.-Apr. 2014
Watercolor Wisconsin 2013, Racine Art Museum,
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI, award, Dec. 2013 - Apr. 2014
Friends of the Springfield Art Museum, 30th Anniversary Exhibition,
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, Sep. 2013-Mar. 2014
2015 11th Annual Regional Juried Show, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL
2014 Waters and Woods, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee, WI
2013 Biennial Juried Exhibition, Dubuque Art Museum, Dubuque, IA
2011 Award—Watercolor Wisconsin, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Education:
1970: MFA Painting, University of Notre Dame
1984: MA Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign