From February 2022

True Story, A World on the Wane

The book paintings have titles built-in. That’s one of the best parts about painting them. Tell Me a True Story and A World on the Wane.

Tell Me a True Story / 24 x 30 inches / oil on canvas / 2022 / on the easel
Tell Me a True Story / 24 x 30 inches / oil on canvas / 2022

These two paintings are being installed on the gallery walls in Los Angeles today. The exhibition will run from February 26 to April 2, 2022.

My last exhibition in Los Angeles was exactly two years ago. So much has happened in these two years it’s almost hard to wrap one’s head around. I am left wondering what the next two years will bring.

A World on the Wane / 24 x 30 inches / oil on canvas / 2022 / on the easel
A World on the Wane / 24 x 30 inches / oil on canvas / 2022


I find myself wondering if I should start painting traditional still life subjects, like fruit, because these clocks are complicated.

Here are two recent paintings shown framed and ready for the gallery wall. I have been represented by the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles for just over a decade now and have had enough exhibitions with them for the number of paintings and times I’ve been there to become a blur.

I can remember the dream of having a gallery show my work in Los Angeles. I worked hard enough, and it came true.

Shown here are two paintings — The Interpretation of Dreams and 10:10, No.9 — which will be installed at the gallery on February 26 and showing through April 2, 2022.

Its Own Reward

Recently, an art consultant asked his numerous artist followers on social media why they think some artists succeed and others do not. Hundreds of answers poured in, and as I scrolled through them, one thing became so apparent; artists suffer from severe status anxiety.

Trophy / 16 x 12 inches / oil on canvas / 2021 / framed

There is an intense amount of competition in the art world. But to succeed, according to many, means that you have been blessed in all ways except the actual art-making. Apparently, one must possess many or all of specific characteristics such as; a naturally charismatic personality, very wealthy parents, easy access to top universities where your sex appeal and persuasion garnered you top grades and attention, to have been born in Manhattan and live there rent-free, etc., etc. You get the picture.

The consultant kept responding by asking these jaded artists the same question over and over; “what about the art? doesn’t the art they make have anything to do with their success?”

1st, 2nd, 3rd / 16 x 20 inches / oil on canvas / 2021 / framed

I think it is only natural to have these competition struggles, but I was surprised at how superficial and odd it seemed once you can see so many brief and desperate answers all in one place, like looking at the data from a survey. It was a reality check — no need to wallow in self-pity and jealousy. That is your biggest setback.

The art one makes is the most important thing. It is its own reward.