Q: What is your background? A: Mostly self-taught from an early age, devouring every book on art I could find in my small town high school's library, I then studied at the Art Students League in NYC under David Leffel and George Bridgeman in my early 20s. I continued to support myself by learning sign painting, starting a business in the '80s, Adams Signs, then additionally mastering wood carving, gold leafing and then incorporating those skills along with my artistic talents into the signage for clients, including landscapes and portraits. Upon my retiring from the business a few years ago, I have devoted my entire time to painting and exploring new styles.
Q: What medium(s) do you use for your art? A: The mediums I use are a combination of oil, acrylic and pastel on canvas, paper, foam board and wood, plus I find a use for leftover signage materials from my former business, as well as digital art.
Q: What inspires you and how do you get started? A: I am inspired by the efforts of early 20th century Dada artists and surrealists to explore the arena of "accidental" art and chance events, and hope to present the viewer with something new that will inspire them and help them to explore their own subconscious, asking not "What is it?" but rather, "What does it mean to me?"
Q: Is there anything else you would like people who view your art to know? A: The system which I have developed is called The Environmental Palette (Enpal), which uses a mini-roulette wheel to choose objects randomly and "splash" the canvas with images rather than the Jackson Pollock method of dripping and splattering paint. It is my attempt to escape the influences of religion, politics and economics. This renders each painting totally unique, creating a statement never before seen. I also create "Birthday" paintings using a variation of the Environmental Palette in which the numbers of an individual's birth date are utilized to generate the random images for a unique "fingerprint" of that person's life.