"The Good Life," Oil, paper and fabric on gessoboard, 24 x 30 inches.
"Turtle House," Oil on gessoboard, 20 x 24 inches.
"Off the Grid," Watercolor on paper, 24 x 30 inches.
My art is about my life, what I have survived and how I connect to others. I had a tumultuous childhood and wound up leaving home before 15. I nearly escaped unscathed from years of mental and sexual abuse. Later, I worked as a pattern cutter in the garment industry. I was also a bank teller, drug counselor, a commercial cleaner and even a paid picketer for Larry Flynt. And as difficult as it may seem, I made my way as a professional musician. Now as an artist with disabilities, the physicality of how I work is often handed off to others who build and prep my surfaces. But it does give me a straight shot from my imagination to the canvas—releasing spontaneous, or even existential thoughts from my mind to use as compositions. Paul Klee said, "one eye sees, the other feels" and I tend to look for the basic lines and I live for those bare bones that form the raw ideas. I suppose this is how I discover more about myself and how I fit in to this strange world, or don't.