Wilson is a regionalist photographer, born and raised in Central Illinois.

He was an on-call medical-surgical, generalist photographer, writer,

and communication specialist, in the health care and library science fields for 36 years. Prior to that he cut steel in a foundry and drove a

truck for a time. Illinois Central College Fine Arts; University of Illinois; Juried Illinois Artisan for Photography. "I photograph the everyday, the familiar in unfamiliar places. Dated, discarded, curious. Rural towns, and once-thriving urban neighborhoods; I'm hopeful my photographs are reminders of humanness, culture, and community."

Dedicated to John, my partner of 35 years (2009) and all the

furry little ones we shared through the years. I miss you guys.

Art history introduced me to the depth and scope of fine art and more specifically, art in America.

I’ve always had this curiosity about color field painters and the early American abstract expressionists. People like Ellsworth Kelly and Barnett Newman and Robert Motherwell. It’s fascinating to look back at their photographs, too. Yes, their photographs.

     Photographers Shelby Lee Adams, Robert Frank, and Diane Arbus can bring me to tears. My heroes, William Christenberry, friend William Eggleston, and contemporary photographer Carl Corey, provide

a deeply-rooted emotional tug. 

     Eggleston said "Whether a photo or music, or

a drawing or anything else I might do—it’s ultimately all an abstraction of my peculiar experience." And so, I’ve found myself on this path I guess, finding ways to incorporate pieces of the past, not nostalgic mind you, yet maybe a bit of Americana, with this curiosity about color and design and old and odd and such. One of the things I admire about Eggleston is his defiant attitude. When Henri Cartier-Bresson says your work is “bullshit,” it could make you somewhat defensive.

     Central Illinois is my visual library and I pull from

it what strikes me at the moment. I continue to find my voice and moments when everything comes together are worthy of the worry.

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San Rafael CA

Portland OR

Rhinelander WI

Fulton MO

Wichita KS

Laguna Beach CA

Washington DC

Joplin MO

Lynchburg VA

Minneapolis MN

Peoria IL

Peoria Heights

Springfield

Freeport

Morris

Quincy

Monmouth

Galesburg

Exhibitions

2021

64Arts National Juried Exhibition, Monmouth IL, September 7-October 29

Exposed 2021, Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael CA, May 2 - July 2

Peoria Art Guild, Members Show, May

Solo, On Easel Gallery, Peoria Heights IL, March - April

Black Box Gallery, Portland OR, March - April

Recognition

The Motif Collective - Shortlist - "SYMMETRY" 2020

Burningword Literary Journal, 2018-2020

Peoria Art Guild Members Show People's Choice Award 2020

Black Box Gallery Portland OR Shadows/Light Exhibition Catalog Cover 2020

First Award Professional Division Illinois State Fair 2018

Donor Award Nicolet College Rhinelander, WI 2018

Third Award Images of Illinois Exhibition 2017

Lonnie Eugene Stewart Award of Excellence GALEX Art Exhibition 2017

William Woods University Fulton, MO. Four images accepted 2017

2020

 

The Motif Collective - Shortlist - September Gallery

Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita KS, September

Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach CA, September

Artists' Choice 2020 National Juried Group Show Foundry Gallery,

Washington DC​ August 5-30

Burningword Literary Journal, Issue 95, July

Black Box Gallery: Visual Spectrum Portland, OR June

Peoria Art Guild Members Show, Peoria IL May

Midwest Center for Photography Annual Wichita, KS April

PhotoSpiva National Competition Joplin, MO March-July

Black Box Gallery: Shadows and Light Portland, OR March

2019

Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR Color

Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL

Burningword Literary Journal, Vol. 89 & 92

Midwest Center / Photography, Wichita, KS

EXibit Fine Art Center, Morris, IL

ARTROOM Online Gallery

Peoria Historical Society

Quad-State, Art Center, Quincy, IL

Academy Center / Arts, Lynchburg, VA

Buchanan Center / Arts, Monmouth, IL

Praxis Photo Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

​2018

Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR

Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL

Annex, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR

Burningword Literary Journal Quarterly

Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI

​Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL

Featured Artist - Artist Portfolio Magazine

Art Association, Springfield, IL

GALEX52, Arts Center, Galesburg, IL

Peoria Historical Society

2017

GALEX51, Arts Center, Galesburg, IL

Peoria Historical Society

Springfield Art Association

William Woods University, Fulton, MO

64 Arts Exhibition, Monmouth, IL

Crib (detail) Washington Blacktop