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Dakota, I gathered notes and rendered drawings while
riding in a farmer’s combine, while he harvested his field at
sunrise. He was also the Mayor. And perhaps the greatest
of these traveling studio events occurred recently in New
York when I discovered what I believe to be some of Jean-
Michele Basquiat’s graffiti in old forgotten places (SAMO).
I utilize mediums that include everything from chalk,
markers, oils and acrylics. And I paint in a broad spectrum
of disjointed schemes that include landscapes, animal and
human portraits and abstracts that have underlying, often
hidden messages, symbols and rhetoric that speaks of
intense and sublime ideas. There is no particular theme in
my work, though there is an agenda of expressions of the
human condition. I am deeply offended by the inequities
I observe in this world, saddened by its tragedies, and
charmed by the complexities of human sentiment.
I’m originally from Brooklyn. I grew up in a soupy mix of
cultures, races, food and music. I spent three hours a day
riding the subway and buses from the time I was in the
fifth grade. I got assaulted by gangs, ran from perverts and
muggers, rode the cyclone in Coney Island and stood in
awe on the Brooklyn Bridge as I gazed at the Manhattan
skyline. It all inspires me, the colors, shapes, and the people
from all the places I travel.
I do have a studio which is located in the middle of the
Ocala National Forest in Florida. It’s a combination stick-
built building and 1947 RV. Some creative type built it a
long time ago. Unfortunately, I don’t get to spend much
time there.
So most of the time, my studio is in my mind, and it’s
everywhere I go.
I got assaulted by gangs, ran from perverts and
muggers, rode the cyclone in Coney Island and stood in
awe on the Brooklyn Bridge as I gazed at theManhattan
skyline.
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