ABOUT

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.

10/2018

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AMA (ask me anything) interview

2017

Do you get negative feedback for your work sometime?

How do you deal with it?

I want to take this opportunity to plug  Marshall Rosenberg.  Here is a LINK to his videos on YouTube. His POV has changed my life and I am just one of many in that regard.

He inspires me to "Natural Giving" and was the impetus behind The Rabbit Ears I put on. When I put on what Marshall calls "a revolutionary technology" I don't hear criticism or negative feedback. I only hear that the person in front of me is in some kind of pain. At that time the best option I have, Marshall says, is to show empathy and discover in the other the "Unmet Need."   He calls this negative language "Jackel speech, a tragic, suicidal, expression of an unmet need.."  Jackel thinking and speech are, "I'm right, You're wrong", and "I'm a winner, You're a loser." He proposes we learn a new language, which he calls "Giraffe." He has taught this language to individuals and warring tribes to effectively mediate their differences. For me, it is truly the language or peace & Love. Try it.

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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XMD-iaEraWlbSNxk-Pm-y9vM1HgybrXAWkwmmXA-ido/edit?usp=sharing