I am constantly working on this kind of thing, my biographical synopsis. So I am going to post it here and see how it looks:
I have been making drawings and paintings since I was very young (I started out drawing Bugs in the Garden at Age 2). I always did them, as far back as I can remember. In Grade School, I was allowed to draw during class, I often entertained several other Children at a time with my Pictures and Stories. In High School, I was the Art Editor of the Student News Paper and in College, I drew Cartoons for three different publications. After College, I tried, unsuccessfully to become a Syndicated Cartoonist, my work was too far in Left Field, I was told repeatedly. So, by default, I became a Baker, it’s still creative. It was through Baking that I became associated with the Performance Group, Snake Oil Medicine Show. All the way back in February of 1997, was the first time I heard their music. I first met jay Sanders and Steve Peterson, through a mutual friend and they introduced me to the other members, George and Caroline Pond, Andy Pond, Jason Krekel and Aaron Price (each of these humans changed my life much more than I could have realized at the time). I was immediately drawn to their Upbeat, Quirkiness. They were drawn to me, too, and we began talking about combining Live Painting with their Musical Medicine Show. In August of 1997, at the Jehosaphest (Snake Oil’s one and only Music Festival), I did my first Live Painting ever with the Band. After that, it became a regular Gig for me and at least one other Painter a the same time. That was a great thing, not only did we have a Live Painter in the Group, we had at least Two! As time went by, we traveled all across the United States, from Maine to California and even Alabama, then we left the States and Traveled in Europe and to the Island Nation of Jamaica, in the West Indies. Jamaica is famous for a Type of Music called Reggae and in 2003, Snake Oil Medicine Show had been invited to Perform at a Special Party there, called the Chinese New Year in Jamaica or CHNY for short. The event is put on by a Outfit from Atlanta, Georgia, called Deep Blue Ripple and it benefits the Jamaican People and especially the extremely Bright and Promising Young People there. CHNY
has developed a kind of Humanitarian Tourism and invites participants to “Party in Jamaica for a Good Cause”. We in SOMS immediately Became good friends with the Organization and have been involved for over 6 years now. I create the Artwork for each year, this is the Year of the OX, coming up in 2009, I have done Art for the Year of the Dragon, the Rooster, the Dog, the Pig and the Rat. I have donated Large Paintings to this amazing Non-Profit and also to the West North Carolina AIDS Project and the Moog Foundation. I have learned that if you can’t make a contribution in cash to help out your favorite causes, there are still several ways to help, Art is just one of them. I hold firm to my belief in Art Magic. Art, which I define simply as Human Creativity (not to discount the creativity of our fellow Earthlings, the Elephant and the Monkey, to name just two), has a very powerful ability to heal on many levels. I also want to mention my involvement with the French Broad River Festival (where I create all the Visual Art and help with things like the Sponsor Kit and Post Cards, T-Shirts and Posters for the Event) and the Dynamic Art Gallerie collaboration with Bob Seven
and george Pond and the OUR Festival in Western New York State. Plus the yet to be named children’s book project, tentatively entitled “Party Animals”, which started as a song by the Royal Rascals for a Children’s Album. I have also designed over 75 CDs for Bands and printed countless T-Shirts and Posters. I also painted many murals across the South East including the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company and the Reuter Children’s Center in SOuth Asheville. In 12 years with Snake Oil Medicine Show, I painted over 100 large paintings during the numerous live performances (each painting took me anywhere from 5 to 20 performances to complete).