Before art I was a copywriter in advertising.
My earliest art pieces had images and words. Not dissimilar to the headlines and visuals I created in advertisements for BMW, UPS, and Club Med. Only this time the joy was of my choosing. The client was me.
To give myself a clear runway for writing I began using the painting’s frames. I usually started on the top in the left corner and worked my way clockwise till there was no more frame to write. It was very permanent writing and an exhilarating act of creation. I wrote as I painted. No copy editor or client needed for approval.
It was the beginning of my love of painting things.
Bronx Born, Long Island Raised
I was born in the Bronx, raised on Long Island, and graduated Emory University in Atlanta. Parsons, School of Visual Arts, and The Art Students League of New York followed with studies in graphics, advertising, and arts.
Advertising, Dance, Art
For years I stood on the sidelines of dance floors and watched others. Eventually I broke that barrier. Dance became my personal time. My joy. Freedom, creativity, and fitness combined.
At that time Manhattan had massive dance sanctuaries for guys like me who got their workouts moving on floors, in space, to music. It was luck. The Sound Factory and Roseland Ballroom were my local stomping grounds.
Sunday morning sports for me was dance. My round of 18 was a music driven marathon of movement.
I’d arrive fresh at 6am and stay for hours till closing, noon, or so. People were finishing up their nights as i was beginning my day. And it was always a moment of hope when I arrived. The DJs were our maestros. Would the music be good? Would there be someone who’s dance spoke to me? Would I get my workout in? It was athletics and sweatiness, endurance and aesthetics.
The last hours when my body hummed on all cylinders and the floor was near empty were my favorite. The ability to move and the room to do it in. As weekly workouts go it served me well.
Today there are far more great golf courses in the world than there are great dance floors. Good to get outdoors, but I miss the wide open indoors too.