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The tiger tooth and the coral

People often ask me about the tiger tooth and coral I wear around my neck. The fang reminds me that life is a battle, and that we are brave warriors just to live each day. The coral is often seen … Continue reading

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The Ronin and the Geisha

I wanted this piece to be kind of a cross between traditional Japanese art and a great poster for a piece-of-crap samurai/yakuza movie from the ’60s, complete with ridiculously Romantic captions. My poem in the top right reads:   Twilight … Continue reading

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Mother Sky

While the irony of commercialism is inescapable, and you’re free to take it any way you want, that is not my personal focus. I’m more in the Warhol tradition than Rauschenberg’s. That is, I genuinely love commercialism. I love the … Continue reading

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Hôtel la Vie

I’m constantly haunted by reminders that our time here on Earth is but momentary, like staying in some hotel. The hearse there to pick up the folks checking out–that was meant to be funny, but I hope it comes across … Continue reading

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Shôsan (Bloom, Fade)

I’d been doing studies for a Japanese summer festival scene–something of personal nostalgia. That’s when I was told my mother had been diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, caused by a very rare type of pituitary tumor, which, left untreated, is fatal. … Continue reading

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Kiss

I did my first studies for Kiss in a backwoods cafe in North Carolina, during a lonely and miserable time in my life. A very young woman brought me coffee and coconut cream pie, and asked if I was studying … Continue reading

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Japonaise, la, 2009, gold origami and oil on canvas, 34 x 24 inches

Uploaded la Japonaise in Paintings section. My poem in top right translates to: Don’t let go when the wind blows. Hold on tight till your last breath, like a pair of love-crazed butterflies, dancing in the sky, seeking out flowers, … Continue reading

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She Smells Like a Coconut

Uploaded new painting, “She Smells Like a Coconut.” Much as I love what I do (I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t), I sometimes note that a great weakness in most of my art is that, it really isn’t, and … Continue reading

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New painting “Ecstasy”

Uploaded new painting “Ecstasy.”

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All Cats and Dogs Go to Heaven

Uploaded new painting “All Cats and Dogs Go to Heaven.” I was bereaved when my cat, Bu, was killed by a driver last year. Bu was the nicest fellow ever. He’d been abandoned as a kitten, probably because he suffered … Continue reading

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