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I grew up in Peoria and love living here. Art and theatre occupy most of my time away from the day-to-day necessity of working for a living. I am married to Victoria Kapanjie and live north of Bradley in an Olde house with a fine Brown dog and a lazy Ragdoll cat. My wife and I love to travel and visit New York and London as often as time/money allow. There is great theatre and art in both places, but we surely prefer to call Peoria “home!”

Art and art history occupy me daily. I draw/paint because it is my favorite “language.” Art, in all its forms, reveals some truth or celebrates “being” in some way. It is intensely personal, an inward journey which morphs into self-revelation when others view your work. That makes it uncomfortable, unsettling, risky, but oddly intoxicating.

Seeing what others create keeps one stimulated and often, in awe. I enjoy the atmosphere here at the CAC. It has many wonderful artists exploring, taking risks, making provocative sculptures, drawings, paintings, and intaglio pieces.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not say the following: Preston Jackson is a visionary, grounded in history, and an expressive genius. The CAC is one of his many gifts to this community, and I feel very privileged to be a part of it.

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