I am a fifth generation Northern Californian with deep family roots in Sonoma and Napa Counties. I currently live in Napa where I work full-time as a writer and a painter. This background is relevant because much of my work draws upon my personal experience of the area and therefore is from a local perspective.
While I have written and illustrated a number of books, the one titled “THE MAN IN THE HAT, the Poetic Spirit at Work in Poetry, Painting, and Prose” provides ample material for presentation purposes, either in the form of painting exhibitions or as performance art. As the subtitle indicates, the book contains a selection of all three art forms. It includes essays on the art of poetry writing and painting, memoirs, and allegories. It also includes place settings which capture the historical and cultural spirit of unique places in Sonoma and Napa Counties. Titles include “The Burning of Wolf House,” “When the Big Band Plays Rio Nido,” “Luna, Luna, Vella Moon,” and “The Ghost Dancers of Little Switzerland.”
My annotated painting collection is available on loan. I am available to provide related commentary, readings, and poetry recitations in one to two hour long presentations.
I have also written and illustrated a book on three Ray Bradbury classics which include commentary and forty-eight paintings suitable for exhibition and presentation purposes that might of interest to the schools where the books are often assigned reading.
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