Ivan grew up on the coast of Oregon where ART was a part of his life from the time he put pencil to paper. He was encouraged by his mother at an early age. His high school art teacher was a major influence in his early training. His formal training was at the Museum Art School of Portland, Oregon which was started in 1909 then renamed Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1981.
In 1970 he traveled from Oregon to Maine with friends from art school to start the communal pottery, Cherryfield Stoneware, in Cherryfield, ME. Some of the pottery artists began showing work in Bar Harbor. At that time Ivan became interested in a new institution, College of the Atlantic, that had just started in Bar Harbor. He helped set up the college pottery and taught evening classes.
Ivan started a pottery gallery, Cone 10, located beside the historic Bar Harbor Criterion Theater. Later he put together a proposal to buy a building on Bar Harbor’s Main Street that became Island Artisans. He was charter president of the artist-owned coop but later sold his share to the remaining artists and set out on his own.
He and his wife, Sherry, have promoted the ARTs through the gallery and studio spaces they have owned on the Bar Harbor Waterfront since 1976. They were presented the “Acadia Art Achievement Award” in 2014. He has demonstrated and taught in MDI festivals, ART Walks and Open Studios. While Ivan has produced clay sculpture, decorative and functional pottery, etched glass, lampwork glass, and stained glass, he returned full circle to his formal art training in painting. Recent work has been Maine landscapes and seascapes as well as studies of crows, great blue herons, koi, shorebirds and endangered Maine Spotted Turtles.
In 2013 after years working daily at Alone Moose Fine Crafts, he joined two other friends showing their collective work as ART on West on the Bar Harbor Waterfront, under the ART sign. That collaborative effort has allowed him summer time paint on location. You might just see him painting near his VW van. Locally, in addition to his own gallery, he has shown work in Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Belfast and Bangor.
Ivan will create a special edition print of an original watercolor, “Summer Visitor” (14″ x 20″), painted in honor of the Acadia Centennial and featuring an area of the park that was painted by Hudson River School painter Frederic Church in the late 1800s. A portion of the sales from the print will be donated to FOA.