Painter, Graphic Designer, Professional Creative, Photographer, Sculptor, Performance artist, Art enthusiast
How often are you the first among your friends to try something new?
All the time
What do you want people to know most about you?
1. I can't help being an artist, it is my destiny.
2. "Follower of Basho" is a way of tagging myself, so that I can be found and separated from all those who share my name ( man-many do.) Basho was a 16th century Haiku poet who also is famous for his travel logs- I admire him and am inspired by him for many reasons. But it is not a cult like facination.
3. I consider myself an outsider artist- though I did attend the Art Institute of Chicago, I dropped out before completing.
4. I become attached to my work and dislike parting with it. In some ways, and in many instances, I always think each piece can be improved- and I constantly go back into my inventory and work on older pieces.
5. Often when viewing art I designate works as being produced while sober or intoxicated. I usually can tell/feel how long an artist has spent on a given piece and have tendency to dislike the `quick art' made popular by Abstract expressionism (Pollock etc.)- and instead like work that has been created in time- yes I love Michelangelo's work, but I also have found great works from prisoners who may lack the technical knowledge but who nerveless obsess on their creations.
6. I like other artist and like to help others. I write a blog called Art Talk and have been able to promote many artist (contact me if you are interested.)
7. I have been blessed in many ways, yet I have had to deal with many problems including cancer and an out of control temper. I've been in different therapies, and have learned a lot about myself. For a long period I focused on my blessings as a substitute for thinking about my problems (in meditative periods) recently I have been trying to focus my meditation on `compassion for others'. In some sense I realize that my goal is to re-wire my brain so as not to be so angry. Yet at the same time when I am not angry I am often `in desire' a state different then lustful, because it contains desires more encompassing then just sex - higher levels of communication, trust, respect, courage, sacrifice...