Dracula and Nosferatu

Dracula is cloaked in dark. This is fundamental to his myth. He haunts his grounds at night, and stalks the holds of a ship; never clearly seen, or seen the same way twice, he is misinterpreted. Sunlight weakens him. An interesting element in Stoker’s novel is that while its central characters shrink from the Count…

Does It Matter What They Say about your Work?

Perhaps my compulsion (and it is a compulsion-I have tried to stop a couple of times because it impacts my daily life and responsibilities) to produce my paintings, of which over the years I have made hundreds, is a reaction to (and an escape from) the world around me where we as human beings often fail each other. I don’t know; your guess is as good as mine. (An interesting side note: The creative process is, according to Freud, an alternative to neurosis.) …

Empty Fruit – Our Failure to Care for our Own

And this list is just for starters. It is cruel to hold out a promise (the fruit) of better, more affordable healthcare to the American public and then bitterly disappoint them when they find out the truth; more empty, self-serving policies, promises, and legislation from the right…

All My Friends are Dead – or – Paint a Pretty Picture; then This Happens.

I purposely avoid any attempt to ‘say’ anything with my artwork. I burden the viewer with the task of interpretation (if he/she is so inclined). What surprises me is when I see something unintended and it is glaring me in the face! Sometimes this is experienced as a fleeting thought and sometimes as a visceral reaction…

Follow the Rabbit

Passions come and go but curiosity need only be nudged and encouraged a little bit each day. Follow where it leads. ..

Making Friends with Anger

Artists often suppress and redirect strong emotion into their artwork. Learning to do this wasn’t easy for me…

An Imposed Reality – Vietnam

I was in grade school when I was first exposed to the violence of men in any kind of ‘real’ way. I got up from bed and went into the living room where my mother was watching the late evening news. A clip was being shown of two American soldiers holding/dragging a thin and wounded Vietnamese man between them. One soldier pulled a pistol and shot the man in the head…

Eve’s Quandary

I am an atheist with no fondness for doctrines of any sort but somehow, I have developed an affection for the Bible’s first lady, Eve. She had the guts to pursue knowledge instead of timidly obeying God. But to hear Christians tell it, Eve ruined everything.