Recent, Quick, Interview

Yesterday I was interviewed by The Atlas Society. Very quick and very short.

1) TELL US WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO.

I grew up on the beach and have been an artist ever since. I’m a figurative artist and my work explores light, love, and appreciation.

2) WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME FAMILIAR WITH AYN RAND AND HER WORKS?

When I was 19, my sister Janet—a world top-20 tennis player—told me she had a book I needed to read. That book was Atlas Shrugged.

3) WHAT MOST INTERESTED YOU OR HIT YOU WITH AN “AH HAH!” ABOUT RAND’S THINKING?

I felt like Rand was giving me a pat on the back for being an artist. She has a very high regard for artists. It was like she was saying to me: “You’re doing a great job; keep going.”

There are two more questions answered on their site here.

The Veil

Can a painter show the inner being? How far can transparency go? Do we have auras that surround us? Do they feel like this?

I am very happy to sign off this work, which had been unfinished for some years. Once I incorporated the smoke her body and mood came alive.

In the background is Eve, part of the Adam and Eve diptych.

The Poet

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Portrait of Pietros Maneos, oil on canvas, 42 x 36 inches

Many of you know the wonderful quote: “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” Roughly attributed to George Santayana. That thought was running through my mind in doing this portrait of my friend, poet, Pietros Maneos. As well as these queries: are not the successes of artworks through history worth studying? Not to copy them, but learn from the best and grow into a better future?

Pietros is known for his epic 164-page poem, American Bards & The London Reviewer: A Satire. The golden age of Classical Greece heavily influences him, but it seems that he is a bridge starting from the great artworks of the past and ending somewhere in a future filled with beautiful, authentic, and meaningful art.

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Bodies of Water – Oil and Pastel Sketches, 42 works

Being right in the middle of it, what is the essence? And how quickly can I get it?

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Emerging, oil on canvas, 46 x 42 inches

What does masculinity look like in an intimate setting? How much depth can we create and still see? What does the male nude mean to Western Civilization? What does it say about our humanity? Does it support our individuality? Is art about the human spirit? If so, is the nude a good way to express it?