Duke Ellington kissed me
I was married to a Madrileña for 7 years. We lived, loved and argued in Spain where I learned to speak fluent Spanish and some love lessons.
My first-second language was Italian which I learned to speak with relatives in Ticino, Swiss Italy.
My first and forever love is Art. I have been enamored with artmaking since college and have never stopped since I graduated.
I have traveled quite a bit and painted all along the way. I lived in Brazil for 6 months with a residency at the CCBB in Brasilia painting portraits and abstracts, absorbing the pais tropical.
I painted tribals by the roadside in Cambodia and Vietnam and spent years painting amazing India, Hawaii, Mexico, Guatemala, and Argentina.
I have stories. I collect stories now. I write and use filmmaking to uncover fascinating stories.
Performance is calling me and music.
The process of creativity is a song, the humanity of it. The bones of it beat like a heart.
Now for something completely different but musical:
Duke Ellington kissed me on the forehead! I was 10. My mother moved us to Berkeley, which was integrated. Duke came to see the Black and White children together and he kissed me!
I stopped traveling 3 years ago to come home to Berkeley and be close to Alice.
Alice is like a child at 94. She lives in a 5-star hotel for people who can't remember much of anything at all. I visit her almost every other day. Now and again I take a week or two for myself and visit the Sierra or friends in the US.
I take jobs I think I can learn something from: I taught creativity to 12-year-olds. And work on other producers film projects from time to time.
I am becoming a pretty good sailor and plan to sail away when Alice is ashes in a jar at the Chapel of the Chimes.
That all. That's not the half of it.
AMA (ask me anything) interview
Do you get negative feedback for your work sometime?