I live and work in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona with my wife, a rescue puppy, a feral cat, and 19 chickens. We live off-grid, with extensive solar and water from a local well.
My interest in painting comes from a grade school field trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. An El Greco painting there completely overwhelmed me, and created a life-long connection to art.
I had to work to get through college, so art school was not possible. But after college I was able to study in Santa Barbara with a former University of California art professor. During this time I traveled to visit galleries and museums across the US and Europe
This was back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and there were only a few good galleries around, but I was able to show in the Esther Bear Gallery in Montecito, and the Edward Thorpe Gallery, also in Montecito. Back then, to make it as an artist, you had to work and be active in one of the large cities, preferably in New York. So I went to New York. I didn’t like New York, so I left and went back to California. And that was the end of my art career. But I told myself that someday I wanted to return to art, to making things.
Over the years, I have been a farmer in both New England and Hawaii. I have also spent many years as a Software Engineer in Silicon Valley. But I always found time to continue to draw, to paint, to make things.
It’s time for me to get back to be a full-time creator. I’m doing collage, mixed media, circumstantial objects, and I’ve started painting again with my 50 year old brushes. And finally there is a way, through NFTs, to use digital images as well.