Two of my “basketball” paintings were rejected from the Minnesota State Fair art competition. I decided to change direction.

I began painting using masking tape and auto detailing tape. The inspiration came from paintings by the late John Maakestad. He had been my painting instructor at St. Olaf College.

My many years of working in graphic design and publishing drew me to typography as a theme. The font named Play Bill could easily be stretched and condensed and still retain its character.

I first did a series using the name of cities near Zumbrota, Minnesota where I reside. Then I changed to painting individual words.

“Empathy” is my favorite word. We need more empathy. Learn to be helpful and less judgmental. An educated person is one who has overcome bias.