About the Artist
I call the website Visionary Dreamscapes because, although we are here in bodies functioning in the mundane world, it is important to keep our focus on where we are going, as a planetary civilization. I give thanks to GOD for inspiration, including the Archangel Michael, Allen Michael, Shirdi Sai Baba, Sri Sai Kaleshwar Swami, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Paramahansa Yogananda and Mahavatar Babaji. I’m hugely inspired by the angels that fly overhead in great spaceships that hold a promise of free energy and peace for the world.
My first outstanding art lesson took place in a dream when I was five years old. In that altered state of awareness, I was shown clearly how the human profile should be rendered. Gone were the stick figures and “smiley faces” – replaced by a deep, lifelong insight into form and color and an ability to render soul force in the subject.
During the 1950's and late 60's I was raised in Michigan and attended Grosse Pointe University School K-12. I majored in art at Michigan State University, and later trained further in silkscreen, watercolors, acrylic and oils at Santa Rosa Junior College in California.
I have been painting with oils since 2001, and have exhibited my work primarily in California at Ananda World Fellowship in Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz Art League in Santa Cruz and Aurora Colors Gallery, Petaluma. I also have painted murals, signs, designed silkscreen motifs and developed a storyboard for Indians Then and Now, a production company represented by Jacob and Gerber agency, 1996-97.
From 1971-2004 I lived and served with the One World Family communal demonstration, learning about diet and natural foods. Over a span of 10 years we operated a number of cooperatively run vegetarian restaurants. I discovered the OWF in Berkeley, California, where Robert Crumb and other fantastic cartoonists influenced my art style. Allen Michael, the founder of the OWF, helped me to see life beyond the mundane... stretching from our cosmic origins to simply serving as one planetary family. An accomplished artist himself, he opened me up to an enchanting purity and lightness within form and color.
During the 1980's, The Children's Channel, was created. As a branch of the OWF, we taught natural foods to kids in after-school classes, K-5th graders in Marin County, CA. We taught hands-on natural food prep to kids, and developed teaching aids, posters, stories, recipes and information handouts. From that was later born The Veggi World Coloring Book -- resurrected, edited and developed for general publication 2008-2011.
Since 2000 I decided to focus on oil painting and found it to be a very rich, bold yet forgiving medium.
Some of my art is digital, created on Photoshop, such as “Maui UFO” and “Ship of Love”. Most everything else is rendered in oil.