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Where to begin?
The beginning....from the stories told about my childhood, I wasn't old enough to remember the beginning of my creative streak. Whether it be cooking, beer making, painting, building, knitting, tinkering, choreography, designing...it's always something.
My Mother tells a story of when I was an itty bitty boy of about 4 years. It goes like this:
In my Grandmothers garage, she had an old soda machine, the kind that had a swing out door on the side for access to the bottles inside. There were a ton of kids around at the time and eventually, the adults had to put a lock on the door to keep us all from the frosty sweet treats inside. She tells: One night all the adults were sitting around the backyard talking and noticed most of the kids running around with bottles of soda. They came to the garage just in time to find me there, re-installing the hinges to the door of the old soda machine. (If only I'd had a few more minutes, perhaps I'd have gotten away with it)
Every now and then (my wife famously asks me, quite regularly actually, what are you working on in that head of yours now?) I get an idea or an inspiration and it takes over the house and all my creative energy.
A couple months ago an Uncle of mine showed me a print of a quote on old dictionary paper. I really appreciated the depth that the book page added to the work. Now, that was a simple quote but, it got my mind working.....I can print them for you on these pages instead, just ask.
Once upon a time, I owned a graphic design company, even had some work featured in a print ad for Breitling, so I dusted off the old programs and went at it. They turned out good. It turned out I really missed that type of art and creating with my computer.
I love these prints. I love creating them. I love researching them. I love showing them off. I love printing them.
I take a ton of inspiration from the famous (sometimes not so famous) masterworks of old. I do love impressionism. A dear friend asked how I do it....I told him that's what my eyes see when I look at those paintings, for good or for worse. In the end I hope a few people appreciate them and can see what I see and if not, I'm okay with that too because each one gives me its own creative satisfaction.