"Artist are Always Young" this quote was written under my high school year book photo.
I remember the picture well, I had just come back from a swimming class and my hair was a mess. I chucked at the quote, not being terribly impressed at 17 years old, I was more concerned about the unflattering photo.
|Dad' Day at the University of Illinois, where I was majoring in painting and commercial design|
|In this shot from a local newspaper, I was working from a nude model, circa 1959|
Now, many, many years later, I understand. Artists are always young because we are never finished with our work. Just when I get the inclination to put the paints away, I get another idea about developing more techniques for my paintings.
It has been more than 60 years that I have been a working artist.
|Just finished this abstract. Encaustic and mixed media, on board|
I had a battle convincing my parents to let me be an art major in college. My mother often said, "You are going to have to survive on beans and live in a cold-water flat." She insisted that I take a semester of typing so I could get a job after school. My first job was in the art department in a book publishing company in Chicago.
I always carried a sketchbook when I was traveling with my jazz musician, Kai Winding. I sketched and painted musicians for 12 years.
|backstage at the Nice, France jazz festival, circa 1981|
|Process of a very large mural, circa 1990|
|My Christmas display in Artisimo Gallery's gift shop. About 23 years ago.|
|My first abstract painting done during my second year in art school. Casein on illustration board. circa 1953|