Artist Statement

Playfulness, experimentation and judgement are the principles behind my art.  I begin all work whimsically not knowing exactly how it will look in the end.  I experiment to make the visual relationships taut and constantly judge if formal artistic elements are resolving themselves into lasting relationships.  It is difficult to make abstract art, because, as I see it, there are no--nor should there be--rules for how to create.  I love to see something I have completed.  But, it is the process in reconciling the relationships between line, mass, color, value and subject that most intrigue me.

 My imagery is drawn from remembered experiences.  I complete work in my studio relying on memories of places and events.

Jon's work has been placed in the following museums: Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO • DuPage Children’s Museum, Wheaton, IL • Ellen Noel Museum of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX • El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX. He has a MFA University of Minnesota, an MA University of Minnesota, and BA Elmhurst College, IL.

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Hidden Valley

The Hope

Utah River (detail)

Torso and Coil (detail)

The Ringmaster

Grand Marais, MN