This painting shows my father in his early twenties. He has just bought the gas station and grocery store in New Deal, Texas, and he's very proud to have escaped his father's farm. The painting shows the bright morning in that harsh country.
I was born there a few years later. I attended Texas Tech, did postgraduate work at UC Berkeley, and taught English on fellowships at Tech and at UCB. I spent a summer at Stanford on a Danforth Fellowship. I was a Josephine Miles Fellow at Berkeley and assistant professor of English as part of that fellowship.
I have taught at Texas Tech, Amarillo College, Laney College in downtown Oakland, California,at UC Berkeley, and at the College of the Virgin Islands. At Laney, where I taught for 40 years, I studied art with Bill Snider, who used the techniques of the Dutch masters to paint Disney characters.
Retirement has given me time to paint in earnest, and to explore different types of paintings, landscapes, news events, surrealism. In September, 2013, Artmajeur honored me with a Silver Award.
My painting, Dark Horse, was awarded 2nd place in the exhibit. Also showing: Kaehaiwawelo, a new painting of a couple jumping boulders in Hawaii, Chubby Nude.
For the exhibit at Art on the Balcony from August 24 to Sept. 28, Water is Life, I'm showing Fish Life, After the Tsunami, and Tina. Currently, I'm working on a small painting, Peace, of a couple who seem to have been fighting. Their dog lies exhausted on his back in the foreground, and an astronaut stands against the back wall. A painting in the background seems to represent the rape of somebody.
I'll be opening the new studio in September, and Sharon and I are getting pretty excited about it. It will be wonderful to have a more organized space for work and art storage.
Bay Area Open Studios, June 2, 3, 11, 12, 2011. Frank Ogawa Gallery. Go to Pro Arts, EBOS California for more information. My own studio will be open Saturday, June 11, 9 to 3.
CK Gallery, March 24 until April 20, will show a small painting of mine, Untitled 2012; reception March 24, 5-7 p.m
Alameda Alliance for the Arts will be showing The Beach at Drake's Bay as part of Cross Currents, July 6-28, 2012. Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Avenue. 510-521-1233
CK Gallery, May 2012, will be showing Arab Spring.
East Bay Open Studios: June 2-3, 9-10, 2012. My own Open Studio will be cancelled due to family medical emergency. To get an idea of the year's work, go to janwall and see the gallery "When Will There Be Good News?" More to come.
East Bay Open Studios, 2012, June 2-3 and 9-10. My own Open Studio will be cancelled because of a medical emergency in the family. If you'd like to get an idea of the year's work, go to janwall, and see the gallery "When Will There Be Good News?"
The Beach at Drake's Bay will be part of the Alameda Alliance for the Arts exhibition at the Alameda
Museum, July 6-28, 2324 Alameda Ave, Alameda.
A small surrealist painting, The Clown Fisherman, will be on exhibit at CK Gallery, 4125 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, from Aug. 11-Sept. 7, 2012. Won a 3rd place award.
Afternoon in a Bar is on display at CK Gallery, 4125 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, through November.
Two paintings, The Expulsion from Eden and The Ascension of Saul Berger, will be on display at the CK Gallery, 4125 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA, through January.
Ten or twelve of my oil paintings will be exhibited at Arrivederci Cafe in San Rafael, CA, from Jan. 5 to Jan. 22.
The Beach at Drake's Bay is on exhibit at CK Gallery from Feb. 9, 2013, to March 27th. 4125 Piedmont, Oakland, CA, in the Courtyard Mall.
Compadres is on loan to Rumbo al Sur, corner of Park Blvd. and Wellington, Oakland, CA, indefinitely.
Glenview Cottage Industries Exhibition, May 11, 2013. Park Blvd Presbyterian Church. Showing 12 paintings, mostly landscapes and small decorative pieces.
Art on the Balcony, 4125 Piedmont, Oakland, CA. Exhibit Persephone. Showing Tsunami. May 16-June 20, 2013. Reception May 16, 5-9.
I'm just finishing this painting of an old man pulling himself up the stairs to his fourth floor apartment. I began with a photo in the San Francisco Chronicle, by Mike Kepke. It illustrated a story about an 80 year old man who left his apartment only once a day, because the climb upstairs was so difficult for him. The story went on to discuss the ways the city supports the old man, and the ways in which it fails him.