Dillon splits his time between studios in St. Paul and Bayfield Wisconsin. He holds a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota.
"I got my formal art education late in life and was not able to really commit to painting until retiring from the ad agency business in 1998. Now I focus most days on painting, (with a little sculpture thrown in.) His work and art style is considered Post Modern and or Expressionistic. "Dillon says he tries to infuse humor in much of his work."
He says his subject matter is usually a commentary on personal impressions, US symbolism, travels and his love of Lake Superior and sailing. He sometimes includes poems or poetic word elements. A few paintings also have 3D modeling.
The artist that have most influenced Dillon are Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky and American artists such as Rivera, Rauschenberg, Johns and Dines. Dillon's work also reflects his Irish roots and has some connection to distant relative Gerard Dillon of Belfast, Ireland.
"I feel like I finally have a real body of work to build on within current themes. My work ranges from realistic to near abstract."
Dillon shares studio space with some great artists and friends. They stimulate and support each others efforts.
Dillon has entered juried shows in the Midwest and recently had a show with the Hampden Artists Group.