My artistic career began when I was about nine years old. The Italian old man that had a shoe repair shop next door, needed a new sign. His sign had faded so much that it was unreadable. Soon after finishing his sign, other shop owners were requesting me to paint both indoor and outdoor signs. I enjoyed doing them and often did them in exchange for meals or other services they offered. All types of lettering intrigued me.
By the time I entered high school I was painting advertisements and slogans on cars and trucks. I would also pinstripe just about anything, including many custom cars. When in high school, I was soon assigned the designing and printing of the silkscreen posters for the entire school district.
One of these posters that I designed and printed was entered into a nationwide contest. I won the Kiwanis Club scholarship to Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, California. Young and foolish, I quit shortly after enrolling and continued with my custom car pin striping and lettering.
Now married with a family, I started a twenty-year career with the police department. A 1973 graduate of the FBI (93rd session) National Academy. I ended my career with the police department and retired as the Chief of Police in 1980. I had kept up with my artistic endeavors throughout this time with a variety of hobbies, all related to art, which included sculptures.
After retirement I started the High Sierra Cedar Company, a cedar shingle mill. Having this wonderful aromatic wood as a medium, it renewed my interest in both sculpture and furniture design. Unfortunately new Government regulations prohibited logging in National Parks and I closed the mill.
I relocated to the San Diego area and became an avocado and cherimoya farmer. After a decade of farming, I began to notice problems with my fruit production. The San Diego County Farm Bureau recommended additional applications of chemical fertilizers should be applied. I believed the problem was due to the ever-increasing amounts of chemical fertilizers being applied.
Experiments with natural amendments were conducted. It was discovered that California giant kelp (macrocystis pyrifera) blended with saponin derived from desert yucca performed miracles on some crops. This led to the formation of American Kelp Corporation. Sales began of my organic fertilizer by the truckload to small and large-scale orchard farmers, exotic flower growers and turf companies. My partner in this company had been a long time admirer of Southeast Asian culture. On a holiday visit with him to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, I became enchanted with the ancient Khmer civilizations stone architectural masterpieces. I fell in love with the style and grace of their sculptures.
This culturally rich area where Cambodia, Laos and Thailand meet has become my part time home. My passion of rediscovering these little known anthropological sites resulted in the establishment of Emerald Triangle Tours. I conducted anthropological tours of these historical masterpieces while pursuing the location and the mapping of these ancient Khmer sites for more than a decade.
As a means to preserve and protect some of these ancient sites from desecration and further looting and by making people aware of the problem, Khmer Road Sculpture was formed.
I selected some of the most iconic Buddha styles in history to recreate in stone. My sculpting in sandstone and attempts to emulate the graceful style achieved centuries before with simple hand tools was a slow process. In time I learned some techniques that helped me to recreate the iconic stone Buddha sculptures done in the Khmer style. I added the additional iconic Buddha carvings of (Gandhara, Sukhothai, Burmese, Borobudur and Korean). I also worked on creating deep relief wall sculptures with the Chinese Guardians of Buddhism as my subject.
In order to bring attention to the plight of these historical Khmer stone masterpieces, something more obtainable was needed rather than expensive, heavy stone sculptures. An Asian traditional form of art known as Kakemono scrolling posters has been popular in China, Korea and Japan for more than four thousand years. Although little known in western culture, they make a pleasing addition to any type of home décor.
I moved to Japan for a year where I studied the traditional, unique style of the Japanese artists who created these Kakemono scrolling posters. After years of development, a proprietary method of printing on the silk-like fabric with deep penetrating natural pigment inks was perfected.
It has been a long journey in bringing these Kakemono scrolling posters to market. Beginning with the painstakingly slow process of hand carving stone Buddha busts. Each of the ten sculptures needed to capture the facial expression (serenity, spirituality and meditative) that is usually associated with Buddha images.
The Colorful series of thirty five Kakemono scrolling poster prints of my sculptures are unique and unlike anything else available. Bright, deeply saturated colors with pigment ink on silk like fiber cloth allow us to achieve the most vibrant colors. They must be seen in person to be appreciated.
The Antique series of sixteen Kakemono scrolling poster prints creates the impression of ancient oil paintings. Look closely and you can see the cracking and weathering that adds to the realism and enhances the character of the rich sepia colors.
The five Chinese Calligraphy Kakemono scrolling posters show the Korean Buddha with the Chinese characters for Buddha, Virtuous, Enlightenment, Worship and Life.
We now have twenty eight mini-sized Kakemono scrolling posters for small spaces. They have the same images as the large size. Seventeen Colorful Kakemono, six Antique Kakemono and five Chinese Calligraphy Kakemono posters complete the series.
Although currently residing in Bangkok, my part time home is in Kengmaihia, Laos. A small village in the mountains of Southern Laos, near Paske. I plan to continue with my stone sculpting, but only by commissioned works. I will still be growing avocados and cherimoyas along with other exotic fruit trees in this remote, isolated paradise.
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