In today's tumultuous world it is wonderful to have the art of journalism
utilized the way it is in the Upbeat Times. Hats off to Paul Andrew Doyle for infecting
the world of journalism with all of the well wishes and happy thoughts contributed by the writers
within these pages. I hope, in turn, we the readers, give back to our Mother Earth more of
this love and sanity in helping to ensure that our lives will co-exist in peace and tranquility.
I was very fortunate to incarnate into an artistic family. My
father, a Russian immigrant, was a great artist who painted not only beautiful paintings, but
also the ceilings of churches, and murals including the Monkey Bar in New York City. I was
so highly influenced, growing up with an artist, that by the time I was 4 years old, I knew
what I wanted to do. Although I have been an artist for my entire life, on April 8, 1969
I made a commitment to be solely an artist and to subsist on the sales of my creations.
I have created in many different mediums including ceramics, bronzes,
paintings, sculptures made from various metals (including discarded wire hangers), and other
sculptures from purely organic material. Some of my sculpture pieces have used only the
discards of nature. This was done mostly during my emotionally environmental period.
At this time I also decided to only use recycled bronze for my bronzes. There has always
been a strong connection in my art involving Mother Nature and I decided I only wanted to use what
material was readily available.
I have also strived to make my art available to everyone at a reasonable
price. To do this I have offered my bronzes in pewter and my paintings in print format or
Giclées. I sell greeting cards of my images which are truly frameable art. I'm also
open to barter with someone who offers items or services needed.
It is pure joy to create in whatever form my art takes. As an artist
I feel I have a duty to make my paintings, sculptures and ceramics honor our heaven and earth and
all of the beauty that resides. "Best of Friends Forever," my painting on the cover of
this issue (and on the left sidebar of this webpage), continues my connections with nature and
the many creatures living on our lovely earth. In the past when I raised chickens for their
eggs, my cats and hens were pals. This might seem like an unlikely match, but when raised
together they do really well. Often on a cold, rainy day, after provided a fresh bed of
straw, the hens and cats would frequently nap together. I also love fruit, especially
strawberries, and that is why, on many of my pieces, you will find the scenes surrounded by
berries. Besides, my chickens loved to eat strawberries and I believe that it made their
eggs taste even better.
I have just completed my first children's book, The Magic of Hanalei
Bay. It is a tale about magical chickens It was written and sketched in Kauai,
Hawaii. Then, the large paintings for this picture book were finished in my studio in
Sebastopol. I am very happy with the way this book turned out and have had only good feedback
on the finished product. This book is available online though my website and I will have copies
at my open studio in June. They may also be purchased at Bodega Landmark Studio, the
Quicksilver Mine Company in Forestville, and Galleria in Occidental. All of these copies are
Now and in the next few months, I have been given the opportunity to show a
number of my projects that have not yet had the chance to be exhibited. Currently I have
some of my works at The Willow Wood Market Cafe in Graton. This show was hung by curator
Claude Smith who is also an extremely talented artist. Next, at the Finley Community
Center in Santa Rosa, starting May 28th through July 16th, I will have a one-person showing, "Joy
and Magic." This will include my most upbeat images created over the last 12 to 15
years. Then, during Father's Day weekend, June 19th and 20th, I will join the ranks of other
artists at "Festival of the Arts" in Duncan Mills. I am also participating in
"Art at the Source Open Studios" during the first two weekends of June. This is
sponsored by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and offers a behind the scenes look into an artist's
So please come to one of these event and let me share with you, through my
imagery, the joy, the magic, and the happiness that can be a part of everyone's life if you will
allow it to be. We all make a difference in the quality of life in some form or fashion
and I want to share this with you throughout my art.
I want to say thank you to each and every person who has loved, purchased
or supported my creative endeavors in so many different ways. For it is you who have kept
me creating for over four decades.