1. When did your interest in art begin?
- I have always liked to draw. I got serious about my art in 1969, when I enrolled at SBVC as an art major.
2. Have you taken any art classes/programs or had any special training?
- At SBVC I took all the required art classes from beginning, intermediate and advanced. I continued on at CSUSB and graduated in 1977 with a BA in Art.
3. Is there a specific goal or motivation that drives your passion to excel or maybe a reason of inspiration?
- I feel that I haven’t reached my full potential as an artist. I like to experiment in different methods and styles.
4. When creating a piece is there a specific message that you want to communicate?
- Sometimes there is. Most of my work is spontaneous.
5. Are there any specific steps you follow when creating a piece, if so what in your opinion is the most difficult step and why?
- The most difficult step is getting started. You have so many ideas about what you want to do and sometimes the simplest one is the best one.
6. Do you have a favorite artist/art style, if so what is it that draws you to that individual or style?
- Picasso and Dali are my favorites. I want to do a cubist painting like Picasso or Diego Rivera for that matter, he was also a very good cubist painter besides his murals and flowers. I also like to do surrealist drawings and paintings like Dali. One day I would like to make a painting in the realm as those three.
7.Out of all the amazing pieces you’ve created do you have a favorite?
- “The Stare” is one of my favorites and so is “I Protest” and the “Table Cloth.
8. Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and discovered a whole new genre of art? Ifso, how did it turn out?
- I really haven’t but I have some ideas that I’m working on and will be trying in the future.
9. How has being an artist influenced your life?
- Art has helped me immensely. After coming back from Vietnam if it wasn’t for my art I’d be a basket case. And I have to mention that there are art programs in the Veterans Hospitals that have helped many a veteran after coming back from a combat zone.
10. After having such a long career within the art field I’m sure you have tons of amazing stories, can you tell us of a specific project that really stood out to you?
- As a student at CSUSB we painted a mural at the original St. Bernadine’s Admin. Building. The person in charge there didn’t want us to paint on the walls. He brought three sheets of 4’x8’ plywood for us to paint on. A few months later after we had finished the mural I took some friends to check it out. When we got there we couldn’t find the mural and I asked one of the head nurses, what happened to the mural? She said that the supervisor there got another position somewhere else and took it with him.
11. Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
- If you want to be a successful artist, you have to practice, practice, and practice. There is a lot of good talent out there.
12. Where can one go to view more of your work and follow your progress?
- I have four pieces of work hanging on the lobby of the Gonzales Rec Center in Colton. I will be involved in a couple of art exhibits in the near future. I do not have a web site but am working on one.