- Hometown: Downers Grove, Illinois
- Professional Experience: Artwork has appeared in over 100 exhibitions throughout Michigan and the Midwest since 1988. Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Art Center of Battle Creek, 1992-1996 Adjunct Professor of Art at Western Michigan University, 1990-1996 Adjunct Art Instructor at Glen Oaks Community College, Kellogg Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 1990-1992 Assistant Professor of Art, University of Pikeville, Pikeville, Kentucky, 1988-1990
- Academic Degrees: BA in art history, Northern Illinois University, 1984, MA in studio art, Northern Illinois University, 1986, MFA in painting, Northern Illinois University, 1987
- Classes Taught: Drawing I and II, Painting I, Ancient to Renaissance Art History, Renaissance to Modern Art History
More About Me
- My interest in Celtic art, music, and history was sparked by living for two years in Appalachia.
- My interest in Civil War history began when I read a book on the subject in second grade.
- My wife, Patti Opel, and I have an ongoing series of large-scale collaborative paintings collectively titled “Through a Crack in the Lake” which deals with Great Lakes shipwreck narratives and Michigan history.
- Some of my artwork can be seen at Kook’s Eye Art Gallery in Pentwater which is owned and operated by my wife, artist Patti Opel.
- Our son is a college student majoring in art education.
- When I was young, I spent most of my summers on my grandparent’s farm in Indiana which happened to contain a Native American burial site. My grandmother told me fascinating stories of our ancestors accidentally digging up all kinds of artifacts (and even skeletons).