About me. A man or woman is defined by their passion or desire.
As a teenager I was an all-city football player in love with Judy McBride (who became Richelle, Rick, and Chet’s mother). After high school I went to the Pasadena Playhouse. I was on fire to be a great actor. But that fire was redirected into fine art under the loving guidance of Keith Finch (one of the most famous and inventive painters during the fifties and sixties). My study, or learning process, was a long drawn out affair; I loved all styles of art but would vacillate between abstract and realism.
In the late seventies I was contracted by the N.F.L. (through a wild business associate named Mike Brawsen). Over the course of the next five or six years I did posters, game day covers and many other projects for most of the N.F.L. teams, as well as a great many other sports franchises. I also met Arnold Schwarzenegger in the late seventies. He liked what I was doing with my sports art and invited me to help him promote his Mr. Olympia contest through poster art. My wife and I became pretty good friends with
Of course, during all of this, my children were quickly growing up. Rick, my oldest boy was in his own rock band, Chet was making us laugh with his wild and often bizarre inventions, and Richelle had started the first vegetarian restaurant in town.
The late eighties was kind of crazy, Judy and I met many celebrities, and at times were involved with movie people. I remember Sylvester Stallone having our family up to meet him during his editing of his second movie, Paradise Alley; he was so great with the kids. It was really a fun day with Sly. I did work for him on Paradise Alley.
During this time commercial art was paying the bills but my heart was always pursuing my private visions (my love affair with the Vast Mind - this is the name I still use to describe that presence that is really all of us). In my early forties I studied that vast mind at the
At fifty years old, I studied acting with the famous theater director Jackie Cowgill. Acting was still in my blood (I studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse when I nineteen). Jackie Cowgill was later to direct my wife’s one act play The Phone Call’ in
In my early fifties the kids were out of school; Chet had been awarded as being the best Artist in the
Judy and I decided to move from
Judy was creating furiously and she developed one of the most fluent, yet inventive, writing styles I’ve ever read.
But life being what it is, my wife and I felt the urge to return to
It has all gone by so fast. At my age now (though I’m still eighteen at heart) the important thing is my dream, or speaker, art, and trying to share my vision with as many like minds as possible. That’s why, with the help of the great Chet ( www.chetzar.com ) I’ve started a blog and web site.
I still wake every morning grumbling my way through duties until I can get to the “magic time”. That’s when anything is possible and I try to capture it in my dream catcher’s net called art.