many artist it took awhile to find the right direction for me to go
with my art. I always showed artistic talent from an early age with
my first inspirations being the comic book art that I collected as
a boy especially the Sgt. Rock cover art of Joe Kurbert. I knew I
wanted to be an artist when I grew up. As far as painting goes I would
say I did my first probably around 10th grade.
When I was in my early 20's I was in my first serious relationship
with a girl that first exposed me to the possibilities of UV florescent
paint. When the relationship ended I did what I would call my first
real original art with the completion of my first blacklight painting.
I had painted before, but never under blacklight and never as an expression
of feeling and thought. It was a moment of discovery for me, and the
start in finding my own unique style which I call "Psychedelic
Surrealism". Below is the first series of blacklight paintings
I did in my first studio, which was my bedroom. The room was all king
size waterbed, but there was a small space at the foot where I could
lean an easel against my closet door. As a consequence my first works
are small 16"x20" canvases since there was not much room
to work. Eventually I moved out of that room into a bigger studio
to work, but those early days will always be a special time to me.