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Now living in Sarasota, I travel nationally and internationally, painting commissioned murals, canvases and faux surface treatments for individuals, businesses and organizations. From 1996 - 2003, I worked as an artist, muralist and journeyman faux-finisher in Bali, Indonesia where my clients included the likes of Cafe Lotus, Rioshi Japanese Restaurant and the Radisson Bali Hotel. My artistic finishes now also grace the walls, trim, ceilings and fountains at the renown Paris Hotel-Casino, the Mirage Hotel-Casino and the Venetian Palazzo Hotel-Casino Resort, all in Las Vegas, Nevada where I spent 4 years as a journeyman painter, muralist and faux-finisher.
My fine art canvases and faux-finish surface treatments adorn the homes of such recognizable celebrities as actor Dustin Hoffman and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa and numerous other diplomats and dignitaries worldwide. Clients, decorators, contractors and collectors call me a "master" at my craft and credit my images, murals, faux-finishes and architectural concepts as having healing properties.
My mission in this second chapter of my life is to unite individuals in an intimate and personal way with their divine truth -- that truth being that we are all divine eternal beings having a human experience, not the other way around.
MARCH 2011 MAGAZINE COVER
Among its many awards and acknowledgments, "Leper Beauty" (12 in x 20 in, acrylic on cardboard), was recently chosen for the March 2011 cover of TRANSFORMATION magazine. (See the Leper Beauty story at the bottom of this section.)
ARTWANTED 2011 Calendar
My work, "Home World Padang Bai" (44 in x 68 in, Acrylic on Canvas), appeared on the cover of the 2011 ARTWANTED calendar.
TRANSFORMATION MAGAZINE December 2010 Cover
THE PEACE PROJECT
"Home World Uluwatu," (44 in x 68 in, Acrylic on Canvas), was chosen to be part of The Whole 9 Peace Project to help war victims in Sierra Leone. On World Peace Day, September 21, 2010, the exhibit was unveiled at Gallery 9 in Los Angeles and then traveled to San Francisco and New York, where it showed at the Meridian Gallery on Powell Street and at Max Lang Gallery on 10th Avenue.
NORTHWEST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Mural
Below are images and close ups from the mural at Northwest Presbyterian Church. Please feel free to stop by to view the mural in person at 6330 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. Call 727-544-4551 for hours and driving directions.
BRADENTON GECKO FEST 2010
One of my gecko designs, "Stars and Stripes Gecko Jack," was chosen for auction by the Bradenton Gecko Fest 2010. Then, while hanging on display on the exterior wall of the Merrill Lynch Building at the Northwest corner of 10th Street and Manatee Avenue in downtown Bradenton, the 6-foot painted gecko sold for $1,000 USD
WQ MAGAZINE First Place Winner
In 2009, my painting, "Leper Beauty," won First Place in the WQ|mag Fall Art Contest. This is a piece I created in 1999 while involved in a volunteer hands-on healing program at the Leper Community in Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia, Although the left-hand side of the 23-year old subject had been ravaged by leprosy since birth, her right-hand side remained unaffected. The painting captures the remarkable subtlety of beauty on her unmarred, right side.
Within 3 months following the completion of the painting and a series of hands-on healing sessions, the girl experienced a total reversal of her condition. The flesh she had lost from leprosy left scars -- much the way a person who has suffered acute acne has scars -- and part of her left ear remained missing. But she no longer suffered the stench nor the festering boils that accompany the disease. Research indicates that Caucasians possess a certain body chemical that may affect and alter specific forms of leprosy. Chances are this chemical in my body somehow contributed to the girl's miraculous healing.
Dr. Zae Zatoon, Ph.D., a transpersonal therapist and doctor in Natural Healing, offers another opinion. "Putting attention on that degree of attractiveness," Zatoon suggests, "The painting may have allowed the girl to glimpse her own beauty for, perhaps, the first time in her life. On the psychological level that links body, mind and heart, this viewpoint of a fresh self-perception may well have aided the girl's ability to muster the courage and confidence to live and to heal."
Shamanism, the world's oldest spiritual path, is founded on the ideals of centering, personal responsibility, and loving respect for nature. Much like being a true artist or a bona fide healer, being shaman is an art and a way of life.
To develop an authentic, shamanic path, one must not only accept the calling; one must also be recognized and trained by a shaman elder.…Continue
We live in a day and age, in which commercialism, minimalist artistic expressions and high-tech, fast-paced, copycat styles have become synonymous with "art." For all intents and purposes, the world of fine art has created an oxymoron of its own design.
Take a tour in a fine arts museum these days, and you will understand exactly what I mean.…Continue