MFA ­ MASTER OF FINE ARTS? NO!: MUSIC-FOOD-ART
MUSIC – FOOD – ART. For all of the life I can remember, these have been my three constant traveling companions. How do these three things interact? How do they influence each other?…read more

MUSIC-FOOD-ART#1: JAZZ, PASTA, RAUSCHENBERG
Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing 1953. If you are not familiar with this piece, Google it. I think it is very important. Robert Rauschenberg as a young and somewhat frustrated…read more

MUSIC-FOOD-ART #2: WAITS, SACHERTORTE, KIENHOLZ
Last week I was having dinner at one of my favorite San Francisco eateries, Weird Fish. There were six of us, and it was an extra good time. The company couldn’t be beat, the conversation and…read more

MUSIC-FOOD-ART #3 GUY CLARK, BEETS, MARK ROTHKO
Melancholy. With each additional year I live, the criminals that dwell in my body gather force. The power of youth and middle age has slipped away and maturity has me in its crosshairs…read more

THE MAGIC MAILBOX
In 1986 I left Minneapolis to return home to San Francisco. I had been teaching in Minneapolis since 1970. Even though I never felt comfortable in that very white city, it was extremely good to…read more

COLLECTING WITH PASSION: MUSTANG
I had left my studio in Pacifica to grab a couple of sandwiches at Sam’s Deli but when I got there, Sam’s Deli had been spirited away and the sign read that a NEW deli would replace it. I liked…read more

THE UPSIDE OF DYSLEXIA
This is a personal account of my experience with dyslexia. My hope is to offer a view that is not part of the common body of dyslexic wisdom. I believe there are many individual paths that can…read more

WHEN HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS GOES BAD
Burlingame is 18 miles south of San Francisco. It is a sweet bedroom community populated by homes from the ’20s through the ’50s. Going to Burlingame High School was a unique experience…read more

UNWANTED STEALTH: SOME ART AND ARTISTS FLYING BELOW THE RADAR DESERVE TO BE SPOTTED
Since my childhood I have always wanted to know who was the originator or who made something their own. I don’t know where this predilection came from but it was and is still with me…read more

THE DYNA JET: FIRE ART
A couple of months ago I went to an open studio of FIRE ARTS at the Crucible in Oakland. The vibe was “aren’t we cool?” Cool they weren’t, but lukewarm they were. The event had the quality of a…read more

UNDERGROUND, PART II: HIPPY TO PUNK
Within the story of contemporary pop and popular music is a great example of why the counter-culture has been reduced to skid marks on the undies of America. In the early days…read more

BEAUTY POLICE
My daughter’s school had a fundraiser of sorts at a North Beach clothiers. It was Friday night and early winter darkness was sharp and clear. I love seeing the darkness on the eastern edge of…read more

HIGH CHOLESTEROL SCULPTURE
June of 1970 I received my MFA degree in sculpture from the California College of Arts and Crafts. (That is a story in itself). I had applied for 110 college level teaching positions and I got on…read more

DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS
David and I left San Francisco about 7 a.m. and headed east with Minnesota as our destination. We were driving my 1970 Volkswagen van, a veteran vehicle of many cross-country trips. We…read more

UNDERGROUND, PART I
I have a routine that is sacred to me. I get up an hour before the rest of my family, turn on the water for tea, slowly walk out to get the newspaper, and sit for one hour with a cup of tea and read more

THREE ARTISTS: WESTERMAN, CORNELL AND RODIA
In December of 1978 there was an H.C. Westerman show at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Westerman had been one of my favorite artists since I first saw his work in the early…read more

SOMETHING ABOUT COLLECTORS OF FINE ART
The relationship of the art collector to the artist is long-lived and very interesting. Until 1973 the collector and the artist were tied in an intimate, symbiotic relationship. We needed them…read more

GUILTY PLEASURES
A number of years ago a group of my friends had gathered at my home for a dinner. These dinners happened frequently and the best part of all of them was the conversation that followed…read more