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I'm a pen & ink artist and intellectual handyman at The Peterson Institute of Arts and Sciences Research Laboratory & Gift Shop a.k.a. - 4 comments


Having studied architecture and designed retail-interiors for a living, I now happily bend the rules of fine draftsmanship with my pen and ink drawings.

I am practiced in most of the traditional fine art media of painting, drawing, printing, and photography. I__™m also a published author, musician, and acoustic guitar builder.

I won an award for interior design and was featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

I__™ve published two books. Humor Scene Investigation (iUniverse, 2004) is a philosophical treatise on art, science, and the creative process (critically acclaimed by Peter Derks, College of William and Mary) and Rhapsody In Overdrive (2003) is a novel. Also numerous essays, book reviews, and artwork published in humor (JIR), science journals (ISHS), trade magazines (Grocery Headquarters), and Playboy.

I've exhibited my art in galleries (Artspace __" Birmingham, MI) and the Troy Public Library. My art-cards are available in The Museum Shop at The Detroit Institute of Arts.

A pen & ink drawing of mine was recently auctioned at a fundraiser at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

I__™ve hand built over 70 acoustic guitars for customers including Graham Nash (as in Crosby, Stills &___) I compose music and have performed on stage and made many recordings.

My screen prints of a vintage TV test pattern are very popular and a third edition is now available.

I__™m an inventor, investor, and lifelong freelance artist.



Architecture, 1973 to 1976


KIMBALL HIGH SCHOOL __" Royal Oak, MI Graduated 1970

SELF-TAUGHT: Fine Arts, from about 1960 forward (with early guidance from my Aunt Flora who was well-cited later as an art teacher at Winona (Michigan) School.

SELF-APPOINTED: Peterson Institute of Arts & Sciences Research Laboratory and Gift Shop, Founder and Dean of Behavioral Sciences, 1995-current.


1956 __" Aunt Flora teaches me how to draw cartoons.

1960 __" Poem and cartoon published in Children__™s Highlights magazine.

1968 __" Received first set of oil paints.

1970 __" ___Slate River Falls,___ (18___ X 24___) plein-air oil painting commissioned by Houghten, MI resident.

1973 __" Large 3-panel ___Mediterranean___ wall mural commissioned by Virginia Slims Tennis Tour (Ponchartrain Hotel, Detroit).

1974 __" Airbrush artwork commissioned for custom motorcycle and electric guitar.

1975 __" ___Rhino in the House___ (48___ X 48___) enamel painting on wood panel in student gallery at Lawrence Institute of Technology.

1975-78 __" Peterson Guitars: Hand built +/- 70 custom acoustic guitars coveted by notable musicians and collectors nationwide.

1977 __" Regular solo performer (guitar & vocals) in bars and coffeehouses.

1978 __" Two large painted portraits commissioned for Uncle Deano__™s Saloon in Commerce Twp., MI: ___Calamity Jane___ @ 4' X 7' & ___Deano Day___ (radio personality) @ 3' X 5'

1978-84 Custom designed high-end furniture for exclusive clients of two master woodworkers, John Diaek of Pontiac, MI and Paul Campbell (formerly of Royal Oak, MI).

1979 __" Unique resist method stenciled 3__™ X 3__™ acrylic paint color graphics (8) developed for a local food market. Also used later in portraiture.

1980 __" Enamel on acrylic panels (6) Great Lakes ship images created for regional market.

1981 __" Custom food-photo murals developed and created for catalog sales at design firm.

1982 __" ___Hoedown with Dancing Critters___ (3' X 4') watercolor originally created for my own kids but now on loan to Brookside School at Cranbrook Academy.

1983 __" ___Quincy Copper Mine___ (18___ X 24___) original watercolor sold to local collector at estate sale in Royal Oak, MI. Also an original design stain-glass window.

1984 __" Series of 6 pencil sketches of and for Troy Historical Museum.

1986 __" ___Pacific Seascape___ (16___ X 20___) acrylic painting commissioned by private collector.

1987 __" 30 piece mixed media solo art show at the Troy Public Library (including T.V. interview and profile).

1987 __" ___Blackbird on Piano Harp___ approx. 60___ X 60___ x 12___ cast iron and sheet metal sculpture erected on my home property (stopping traffic for 20 years and no complaints yet).

1988 __" 18___ X 24___ pencil sketch exhibited at Artspace Gallery in Birmingham (between a Milton Avery and a Philip Perlstein).

1988 __" First place cash award from Better Homes & Gardens (Jan. ___88).

1989 __" Classic ___Indian Head___ TV Test Pattern: hand-cut screen print reproduction with frame and mat eventually sold out 2 editions after Playboy feature in Feb. ___89.

1990 __" Designed dual-mirror eye piece that superimposes the image of an object and the drawing surface onto the mind__™s eye.

1991 __" ___Stack o__™ Cameras___ pencil sketch sold at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester, MI

1992 __" ___Anthropomorph,___ a pen and ink drawing published and featured in some gothic poetry slam and journal.

1993 __" ___Great Moments in Art History __" Mannequin Descending a Staircase,___ pen and ink drawing published in Orbit Magazine, Detroit.

1996-2001 __" More than 20 original pen and ink drawings (and many articles) published in the Journal of Irreproducible Results, Vols. #41 __" 46.

1996-2002 Completed 4 illustrated books (unpublished), including humor, art criticism, a cartoon collection, and a children__™s book.

2003-2006 Illustrated 4 album (CD) covers for G.R.P. & The Nowhere Men.

2003 __" Illustrated book cover for novel, ___Rhapsody In Overdrive,___ Writer__™s Guild Press / iUniverse.

2004 __" Illustrated book cover for ___Humor Scene Investigation,___ iUniverse.

2006 __" Created series of (3) watercolor sketches in Italy (Venice, Spoleto, Tuscany) prints of which are proudly displayed in several private collections.

2007 __" Contributing editor to Avanti Press, Detroit.

2007 __" Series of 12 pen and ink drawings (+/-22___ X 26___) based on famous artworks in The Detroit Institute of Arts collection. Art-card versions available in DIA Museum Shop. (See my ArtId gallery).

2008 __" Original pen and ink drawing, 22___ X 26___ (after Seurat__™s ___Sunday Afternoon______) framed and matted, sold at Cranbrook Art Academy spring fundraiser; screen print now available.


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