have been painting since the age of thirteen. I am soon to be 64. Except for
a few brief periods, I have never painted full-time.
I spent a few years in a special art class in Junior
High and took one class on color in college, but other than that I have had no art instruction
to speak of.
When I was in Junior High, I decided that
I wanted art to play a significant role in my life.
I refused to paint pretty pictures or “couch art”.
I wanted to paint what was in my head; unique pictures.
By never attempting to make a living from the sale of
my art, I was able to keep it pure. I did not have to
deal with teachers limiting my creativity or clients
whose demands would potentially dull the edge of my creativity.
In time, I came to understand that metaphysical, spiritual,
and some political themes would be the foundation of
my art. In 1986, I finally found a style that suited me. On this website,
you will find all the oil paintings that I have completed
2003, I began inserting naked females into
my abstract paintings. The females I paint are naked, not nudes. For me traditional nudes are generally shown
in provacative sexual poses (lying on a bed, sitting
on a couch, taking a bath, sun bathing). The naked females in my oil paintings are surrounded by their
multi-dimensional realities. The metaphysical reality
of the earth and the spiritual dimensions are the environment in which my naked females exist.
I do not feel that my nudes exploit women because, unlike
traditional nudes, they are not provacative expositions of females as pleasure providers.
They are simply without clothes. The women that I paint are engaged in a personal dreamscape. The many images and abstractions that create the dreamscape are all connected to the naked female. The female is naked because clothing would ground them in a earthly reality. In the dreamscape, they are free of this earthly reality as if they were in a spiritual body. Clothing would be confusing.
I prefer women to men in these dreamscapes because woman represent creativity and men represent destruction. Women represent peace and men represent chaos. I want to create art that brings people into contract with their spiritual nature. Each of my paintings tell a story. Mostly the story is about transitions between life and death and how all things change in this reality. I believe that true peace comes with never forgetting that we are an infinite immortal spiritual being incarnate in a finite mortal body. When we begin to believe that this finite reality is the true reality, we become confused in the manifestations of the Infinite Oneness and lose our inner peace because we forget that all things that manifest from the Infinite Oneness in time disintegrate back into that Infinite Oneness.
also like to paint dragons. I consider dragons to be
a secular representations a metaphysical mindset. I see dragons
as neither gods, nor as demonic. I see them as symbolically embodying
all the good and bad in the tangible and intangible universe, but I try to keep
a positive orientation. The dragons I paint represent
the female’s interaction with her metaphysical reality
of heaven and earth.
are very colorful and I find bright colors uplifting. I also like birds, butterflies and flowers because their colors are uplifting.
I do not enjoy painting dark or depressing pictures.
Enough of that exists in the world already.
The intent of my Art
a story of a man who gave a sick friend a book of
Zen stories. Later, he asked his recovered friend how
he liked the books. His friend said that he did not
understand the stories, but he felt better after reading
This is my hope for my art. It is meant to communicate
with one’s higher spiritual nature. It is abstract,
which is the language of the subconscious mind and the
soul. Though a person may not be able to bring to consciousness
what he or she is feeling when considering my art, they will hopefully feel better
after viewing it.
The purpose of my Art
see a lot of my art in flashes, as dreams or
visions. These are very short lived; generally the visions
last only seconds. When I see a painting in my mind,
it generally does not leave me. All the visions I have had of
paintings are still very vivid to me. Unfortunately,
it is impossible to paint the sheen, sparkle, and glow
that I see in the visions. Earth is just too dull a
medium to allow for reproduction of the true colors
in these visions.
believe that all art was originally spiritual in nature
and purpose. We have reached a point where every absurd,
banal exhibit has been declared art. I do like the idea
of really good ‘bad art’.
Art has gone from the photographic art of the Renaissance to the Abstractions of Jackson Pollock. The art of painting completely disintegrated with Jackson Pollock. So everything that could be done has not been done or can easily be visualized. Everything is art. I want my art to reside between the art of the Renaissance and the art of Jackson Pollock.
objective is to turn the clock back, so to speak, and
create spiritual art. Not religious art with scenes
of Jesus and the Old Testament prophets, though those
in time will be forthcoming, but spiritual regarding the connection
between human beings and their infinite, immortal souls
and God. We are all, for the most part, confused in
the manifestations of this finite, mortal realm where
we have temporarily bound our infinite, immortal soul.
The body will die and decay. The soul continues.
I dont consider my art to be surreal. It is a dreamscape and coherent in relation to the naked female. Surrealism does not have to be coherent and to me generally strives to not be coherent.
My art cannot be classified into any existing category.
It is unique. I have included partial explanations
of many of my paintings and placed the narratives with
each corresponding painting on my website.
I would call my art WorldPeace Dreamscapes. That would be the genre.
March 6, 2012