Art is about connecting. It connects us to our past and future, to our families and community, and opens us up to possibility and opportunity.

Set Theory

Drawing inspiration from mathematician Georg Cantor, this collection of images posits that in painting, the art of asking questions is more valuable than solving problems. Dryden begins with a completely abstracted background painted with random, broad strokes of color. He then superimposes a structure of sets or overlapping circular forms that contrast with the background to create a sense of order out of chaos. 


LOVE – The year 2012 marked the 30th anniversary of Jim Dryden’s lifelong relationship with Wayne Groff.  This series of abstract, narrative paintings celebrate Groff and Dryden’s lives together - from shared family backgrounds in rural North Dakota to their present day lives, filled with the love of family, friends, and one another.


Blue – the hue most universally preferred by people around the world –  has many different meanings within cultures:  The skin tone of the god Krishna in India, the robe of the Virgin Mary, a shade of mourning in Korea and Iran, heaven to the Egyptians,  and immortality to the Chinese.


“We two boys together clinging, one the other never leaving,
Up and down the roads going, North and South excursions making,
Power enjoying, elbows stretching, fingers clutching,
Arm'd and fearless, eating, drinking, sleeping, loving ...”

                                      – from Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman