been a graphic artist for many years. Back in the late 70’s
I pioneered the concept of using linear graphics embedded
in acrylic. I created kinetic sculptures employing this technique.
I premiered my work in 1979 at the world’s largest
art festival – Spoleto USA in the main atrium of Gaillard
Auditorium & Exhibition Hall, the center for opera and
dance during the festival. My first piece (left) was also
displayed at the outdoor finale at Middleton Gardens. There
were people surrounding it all day.
kinetic sculptures impart a message to the viewer, one that
will be here for many centuries. That was my goal. I wanted
to design something with purpose and permanence. Unfortunately
I had to stop that work because the methyl ethyl keytones
used in the resin curing process started to affect my kidneys.
spent a considerable amount of time in New York City discussing
my work with other artists, marketing, and advertising people.
At one point I had an agent who took me to all the right
places and receptions. I was working on a method to take
my work from three dimensional to one dimensional, retaining
the linear graphic concept. I was able to move in that direction,
but the permanence was gone and the pieces lacked the appeal
of the sculptures. They had to be removed from the wall to
read them. Big draw back!
contacted the gentleman who introduced Trivial Pursuit into
the USA. I asked him if he would review my latest work. I
had hopes of marketing a new puzzle using my graphic concept.
I flew to New York for a one hour meeting. He liked the puzzle
concept, but taking it off the wall was a killer. No good.
He directed me to revamp the work. Six months later the work
went in a new direction. The graphics were still there, but
the piece did not have to be removed from its hanging position.
work morphed into a new puzzle called The Manx. It took over
twenty years to reach that point with my linear graphics.
A second line of work, my trademark Gothic Series,
uses graphically embossed, hand drawn gothic lettering superimposed
on a collage of varying subjects. This work is a descendent
of my original linear graphic sculptures.
thing was still lacking – permanence. Oil paintings
last a very long time without appreciable fading. But I worked
in a computerized medium now. Painting one of these things
would take forever. In the past few years great strides have
been made in the printing industry. Inkjets using state of
the art pigmented inks enabled canvas and paper prints to
achieve an expected longevity of 200+ years. This really
worked for me. Now I could get archival longevity from my
prints. You can review my prints at my online gallery - TigersTime