In 1994 our community theatre company put
on Ed Graczyk's 'Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean'.
It is the story of James Dean fans who gather in a tiny Texas town to
remember the actor on the anniversary of his death. This is my
pencil drawing of James Dean on the set of 'Giant' which we put on our
One way to stretch my creative wings has been to take to
the boards and shamelessly hog the spotlight. I participated in the Wisconsin
Shakespeare Festival a couple times. Here I'm portraying Mariana, looking on as
friends discuss troubles in William Shakespeare's 'All's Well That Ends Well'. This
photograph was taken by our costume designer Wendy Collins.
While I don't own one, anyone who
knows me knows I love horses. When I was young, I drew horses so that I could point
to something and say "That's my horse!". 'Running off' is a
more recent drawing. Despite the fact my favorite medium is detailed pencil, this
was sketched quickly with a felt tip pen. I added a bit of texture and shadows in
Photoshop, and the page curl effect is courtesy of Doctor Franklin software. I was
trying to convey the notion that this fellow was about to run right off the page.
Here's a different photograph of me
onstage. This is a
scene from one of my largest roles.
I played the
Mother Superior in
John Pielmeier's 'Agnes of God', the story of an
abused, mystical novice accused of murdering her newborn. Or was the child murdered by
someone at the convent trying to cover up a scandal? Photo by Bryan Ragon.
||This is 'Stonehenge Solstice', which
started life as part of my rather mundane videotape of Stonehenge. My friend Cindy and I
were there for all of twenty minutes one overcast March mid-morning on a tour. Naturally,
we didn't have the wherewithal to wait for a dramatic and mysterious picture of the
stones, so I created one. This was done with a plethora of filters in Adobe Photoshop,
Microsoft Image Composer and MetaCreations Painter Classic.
|Another one of my many horse drawings.
This is based on a popular weathervane
The origin of the prototype was a popular harness racehorse of the late
1890s. President Grant enjoyed driving him down Pennsylvania
Avenue, courtesy of Dexter's proud owner. I stylized the pattern
greatly, elongating the figure, arching the neck and making his head
||You've probably guessed it by now, but
I enjoy taking photographs. I also enjoy manipulating them. For
instance, the picture on the left is a picture of my maternal
great-grandfather. As you can see, the original on the far
left is badly damaged, with spots, chips and tears. Using
Photoshop, I was able to reconstruct the picture so it doesn't look quite
people probably don't view "organizing" as a creative
do. It takes a certain creative ability to look at a space and see the possibilities
to make it function better. At work we use to store extra issues of our
publications in boxes under a counter. It was hard to locate anything you
wanted quickly. After I'd finished organizing it, publications were in filing
drawers with labels on the front to identify the type stored in each drawer. Much