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              “Shake the Moon” – Combination of three individual paintings d1286b-902A_Orange, d1286c-903A_Green, and d1286-901A_Yellow

THE EARLY YEARS

At 16 I quit high school and studied at the Art Students League on West 57th Street in NYC across from Carnegie Hall and about six blocks from MOMA where I visited at least twice a month for three years. It was the best thing I ever did.

Apparently, I had no self-control and I preferred the company of models, crazy people who were obsessed with Nietzsche, poetry and art making as opposed to remembering dates of the civil war while adolescent gangsters beat each other up in the hallways.

In art school we drank a lotta beer, used lotta 4-letter words, and argued about ontology, whatever that is, and archetypal metaphors as they applied to color, shape, and who the hell is Clement Greenberg anyway?

By now the days of my youth and the pleasure of those early days are a distant memory…of a memory – of a memory.

 

THE BAD YEARS

1967 to 1968 I went to Vietnam

Blood & Death – Blood & Death – Blood Death & Trauma

Everybody died but me.  PTSD…eek

 

THE INSPIRATIONAL YEARS

1970 Went to the San Francisco Art Institute.

Painted my ass off, we ate a lot of fried chicken with beer…it was fun. Got my MFA in 1973

 

THE HARD YEARS

Became an unemployed starving artist.

Had all kinds of jobs, was lonely a lot

Got married a couple times and flowered some beautiful daughters.

Painting – painting – painting

 

THE GOOD YEARS

in 1988 I met Mia who is my lovely wife of thirty years

Painting – painting – painting

2002 started our publishing business: Studio Works Modern

and the work speaks for itself…and yes, I hope you like it!