Danny Boy Studio

Interviews

 

Harbour City Bears Newsletter     -Sydney, Australia

Drawing on Masculinity   by Bobby Petty

 

 


"Danny has been creating masculine art for over 20 years.  His depictions of mature masculinity has

brought him international recognition."


Hi Danny!  So I feel a bit selfish interviewing you as I have a thing for older bearded greying daddy bears.  They seem to get your attention just as much as mine.  You are an artist who has a bear focus.  How did your attention to bears come about?

Ever since I was a kid I was attracted to the beauty of older, furry men.  From my teachers in grade school, to coaches, as well as men on the street, I would always love watching and studying them.  I still do that today, and I am just as fascinated with the masculinity that exudes from the body of a bigger, hairier, and older man.

Where should we go to view your art and how much does it cost to ship to Australia?

My website is at www.dannyboystudio.net ...My studio is actually named after the Irish folk song "Oh Danny Boy." .  My grandmother used to always sing that song to me when I was a child sitting on her lap.   I do not go by the name Danny Boy at all, it is just my studio's name.

I love Australia and have been there several times.  I've also sold and shipped several art pieces there.  Shipping charges vary depending on the size of the canvas, but it is not astronomical.

If you can "body paint" anyone in the world, who would you pick?

I'm not into painting bodies, but if I had to pick one it would be my sexy partner Alan...actually, husband now.

You use a computer to help pull your paintings together.  How do other painters respond to you using this technique, and do you feel it blurs the line of art?

I have no idea how other artists respond to me using the computer, but to me, it is just another tool in an artists toolbox.  I love to create models by combining several pictures to come up with something that speaks to me, and hopefully to my fans. Once I transfer the image to the canvas, it changes even more once I start manipulating the paint to further enhance the image.

But, there are no rules in art, and whatever it take to "create," let it fly.   The Old Masters used a camera obscura to transfer their images to canvas.  If technology is good enough for them, it's good enough for me.

Where do you go to contemplate deliberately?

I go into stillness and silence.  It's the only place to go if you want effortless creations.  Most of the time, I paint in my quiet room with no music or distractions.

I'm lucky, you're lucky.  Who else is lucky?

Everyone who recognizes that luck is where opportunity meets preparation.

If you get asked to paint a portrait with only one colour and white, what would you choose and why?

Burnt Sienna most likely, because it is warm and rich!

Your painting evoke quite an erotic response.  Have you ever found yourself feeling aroused over any of the imagery that you've painted and did it translate through the paintbrush?

Is the Pope Catholic?  Does a Bear crap in the woods?  It doesn't always happen, but once in a while I'll paint one and I want to keep it for my personal collection, but those always seem to sell, so I let them go.

Instant noodles or instamatic camera?

Instant grits.

What are you listening to when you paint?

Depends on my mood.  Sometimes heavy rock, sometimes soft rock, or even an inspirational author's audio book.  But most often it is just the quiet room.

Lots of artists seem to work best when they indulge in vices like alcohol or drugs.  How do you induce your creativity?

My art actually induces itself.  My subject matter is the vice and it motivates and inspires me.  Otherwise, I would not do it at all.

Your mother told you never to..............?

Actually, she never said "never" to me.  That left all doors open and I feel blessed by her brilliance not to ever create resistance.  I believe it is why I can be as creative as I want today.

You're going to have a totally selfish day,  What's on the agenda?

Hmmm!  I'm at a loss.

Just before we say goodbye, grab the nearest book to you, finger through it to page 36.  What does the first full sentence read?

"You are inseparable from the field of intelligence that creates the entire cosmos.  Knowing this frees you from the hallucination of a separate self that lives inside a separate body." -Deepak Chopra


THE EXAMINER - A Conversation with Danny

 

Danny creates art where rugged, masculine beauty is combined with maturity, strength and passion. Masculine beauty, two words we often don't put together and probably should. His art speaks to the familiar; men we see all the time, men who are often overlooked in mainstream society, men who are sexually vital, and passionate. Creating art is a brave endeavor. Creating images that challenge the societal norm of what is sexy, masculine and beautiful is heroic. Society often needs to have a mirror held up to reflect what we fail to recognize, what we are reluctant to embrace and what we are missing by being short sighted. Artists like Danny Babineaux are doing just that. I am pleased and honored to welcome him to my column.

What was your first work of art?

I remember getting a TV Guide as a child and inside was the picture of a pirate, and they challenged you to draw it to get into an art school. I drew it about 10 times and loved it. Didn’t send it in, just had fun doing it. I also remember in grade school when block letters were introduced. I was fascinated by the way you could make the alphabet look 3-dimensional on paper. I never got tired of drawing letters and making them stand off the page. I also loved all the hippy stuff from the 60’s, such as Flower Power, Peace, and Psychedelic patterns and movement. I would make up my own posters in crayons. I would do this for hours and hours. Wish I still had all of those.

How have you evolved as an artist from the time you first started to now?

I always liked “creating.” It always seemed like I had a craft project of some sort going on in my childhood. My mom would get me “Paint By Numbers” paint sets for my birthday and I loved seeing color going onto the surface to create animals or landscapes. I was always doing cutouts of bands from magazines, glued them on colored construction paper, burnt the edges, and made big cutout signs of the band name for my bedroom wall.

It was not till I moved to Los Angeles in my 20’s that I actually went to an art store, bought paints and canvases that I really got involved in making art.

What does being an artist in 2011 look like?

Art in 2011 is so eclectic and there are no rules. Anything goes. It doesn’t matter what you are into, you can do it, and there is probably an audience for it.

What type of art/art movement inspires you?

I am fascinated by the way light moves across the subject in any painting style. If there is high contrast between dark and light, I am drawn into the painting. This is typical of the old masters such as Caravaggio and Rembrandt. I also like modern art if it plays with light. But I am much more interested in paintings that have some kind of realism, semi-realism, impressionism, and such. Abstracts are fine once in a while, if I see great color combinations or intense light. I also like graphic artists such as Chuck Close who uses photography to create his works. I like the technical aspect, as I was a draftsman for many years. I use technical aspects in creating my subjects as well. I use different parts of the male image and make up my models in an image composer in my computer, before I transfer them to canvas.

Your art depicts men that are rugged, masculine and mature. What is it about the older man that appeals to you?

Experience, wisdom, strength, and virility are all qualities that mature men possess. The natural changes in the physical aspects of a man are beautiful to me. We are all taught that youth is more beautiful and the majority of people believe this. A mature man exudes everything that separates femininity from masculinity. Body fur, beards, the lines of character on the face, the silver hair, the muscularity that hides underneath a bit of body fat are natural, and therefore powerful and rugged. There is no “metrosexualizing” of the men that I like painting.

What I like most about your art is that I know these men. I grew up around men like this. When you paint, what story are you telling?

I believe that Masculinity is the story. We’ve all had men like these in our lives at some point. Maturity and masculinity are powerful and can convey a sense of security in a sense. Sexuality in an older man painting comes across as strong and rugged, with a voice that says, “experienced.”

Do you find our culture is getting more accepting of seeing the nude male form?

It depends on which country you are in. America has a long way to go, but in Europe, I have a female friend in Finland and we took her 11-year-old boy to a Tom of Finland exhibit.  I asked her if that bothered her, and she shrugged it off saying, “There are a lot worse things in the world.” Religion is what drives the fear and keeps sexuality as something horrible and wrong. But the truth is that it is beauty.  Ironically, there are nude male images painted across ceilings in churches all over the world.

What mediums do you use to create your art?

I use Acrylics only these days. I began in oils in the beginning but switched many years ago for various reasons, i.e., drying time, clean-up, ventilated rooms, etc.

I recently visited New Orleans and fell in love with it. Two words came to mind: strange and haunted. Tell me a little about what it was like growing up in Louisiana.

Those are good words to describe New Orleans, but it is that very feeling that gives it the charm. I grew up outside of the city in the bayou country. It was a small middle-class town. Most people worked in the fishing, shipyard, and oil industries back then. I played music in rock bands most of my teen years and loved it. I knew I was different from a very early age and saw the homophobia. I never even addressed the issue until I left for Los Angeles in my mid-twenties. I kept it to myself for so many years. Overall, I had a good upbringing in that small town. Most of my family still lives in the general area.

What is the art scene like in Austin? I noticed you have traveled extensively. How have your travels affected your work?

Art in Austin is pretty vibrant and alive. I’ve only been here a short time but have seen some museums with great collections. I’ve been in many galleries as well and have seen some interesting works.

My travels have taken me all over the world and have been to many fantastic art museums. I think the different cultures around the world affect you in unseen ways. You experience something unique in each place you visit and it becomes a part of you on an unconscious level. In the end, I guess all of that diversity comes out in my art, my beliefs, and my feelings towards humanity. You learn that we are all one and we need to rise above, and transcend religion, politics, race, nationality, etc. You grow by leaps and bounds by traveling and seeing the world, more than any book or television show can ever do.

What does being brave mean to you?

Bravery is taking the path that you know is meant for you, and not being pushed of persuaded by people and society.  Marching to your own drum if you will.  I decided in the early 90’s that I would never punch a clock again after doing it for most of my life. I never did again!  Over 20 years now, I’ve been brave, doing only what I love and guess what, the universe provides when you are on that path of love.  You have to trust completely or you will get stuck in a rut as many people do.

What are your plans for 2011 and beyond?

I will continue to paint mature masculine men, but I have started a new business in painting as well. I’m doing pet portraits as well. I plan to continue writing music for fun, loving my partner, enjoying Austin and our new home. I will create, create some more, then create until I can’t no more!

Where can my readers find your art?

My Masculine site is www.dannyboystudio.net


HOT OLDER MALE

Silver Daddy Art by Danny Boy Studio .......by Chris Roma

I recently found an artist online who knows how to speak my language: that of sexy, furry, masculine older men. I managed to get in touch with Danny for an interview for the Hot Older Male blog. Danny is a very friendly and intelligent guy. I enjoyed interviewing him almost as much as I enjoy looking at his paintings of hot and hung daddies... almost.

CR: I understand that you are mostly self-taught. How did you get into painting?


DB: Yes, I am mostly self-taught. I painted for 25 years until I moved to Florida 6 years ago and decided to go to college and get some art training.  The classes were great and did give me new ways of looking at things and the classes also helped me technically.  I got into painting when I moved to Los Angeles from my small town in Louisiana in my mid-twenties.  I saw this big giant art store one day and it fascinated me.  I went in and couldn’t help but buy a few brushes, paints and canvases and started dabbling.  Dabbling in male figures of course.

CR: I'm always curious about the process of an artist. How often do you paint? Is it something that you are drawn to doing? 

DB: I do my art full time.  I paint quite often.  There was a time when I did it everyday for many hours, but now it is a little more spread out, but I always have ideas in the works.  I’m blessed to have that freedom with a partner who is behind what I’m doing.  I’m drawn into doing a painting when I get inspired by a particular photo, or an idea that pops into my head, or seeing a very sexy man out in public.  Being a creative person, there are times when the canvas is calling me to create.

CR: How do you get ideas for a new piece?


DB: I get inspired by the masculinity in mature men. That inspiration usually comes from photos or seeing a hot daddy out and about. Also, I have thousands of catalogued images in many different categories. I often get inspiration and ideas just from looking through those images. Something will spark my creative juices, no pun intended……..I’ll then create my models from 2, 3 or 4 different pictures, then I manipulate the images even further as I’m in the process of painting, letting my instincts guide me as to how the painting will turn out in the end.

CR: How has your work changed over time?


DB: I think my work has become more mature over the years. I think my colors, compositions, and techniques have grown from a very simple palette to one with more complexity.  I do a lot of glazing which I did not do two decades ago. That gives paintings much more depth and richness.  When I first began painting men, I would never paint faces, I would only do the torso because they seemed to difficult but obviously that has changed over the last 20 years.  I also started painting in oils and did that for many years, but because of clean up and fumes I switched to acrylics about 5 years ago and it was a whole new way of approaching painting.  I had difficulty at first,  but now, I love acrylics and have adapted.  I will not go back to oils.  Also, I did a lot of graphite on paper early on and I do less of that these days, color seems to be more fun for me, but I will still do drawings as well. There are many on my website.

CR: Your work features so many hot and hairy silver-daddies. Your works certainly feature the type of men that turn me on. Have you always been turned on by mature men?


DB: I have always been attracted to the mature, handsome, ruggedly masculine hairy men.  Even as a kid, at ten years old, I was looking at my school teachers with silver hair and furry arms.  Stalked a few of them and followed them around the campus just to look and gawk at them.  I saw a beauty in them for some reason and that always seemed to have stuck with me.   Now I’m able to translate that mature beauty into art.

CR: I know it can be hard to describe what gets us going, but can you try to explain your attraction to daddies? 


DB: If you notice on my website “Masculine Art” is in the subtitle.  I believe that is my attraction to the daddy types, it's their masculinity.  Hairy men are the embodiment of masculinity in the physical sense, and it seems that the daddy types have that alluring testosterone lingering about them.  In mature men there is also experience, wisdom and caring that only adds to their physical beauty. Character lines in the face, deep set eyes with thick brows, along with facial and body hair are important in my art and I love silver hair.  Maturity is often looked at as a bad thing in our society, but to me there is strength in it and that is what I try to capture in my art.  It is like the male lion with its huge mane of hair around its head with a strong, virile and commanding body.  The female lion is not as interesting as that.

CR: Who do you think is the hottest older celebrity? 


DB: Hmmmm, not sure?  I guess any silver-daddy star over 50 with a bit of a belly that is hairy and handsome.  To me that’s hot.

CR: Do you have any upcoming shows or things we should be looking out for?


DB: My art is not really traditional in the sense that I can hang much of it in galleries.  But I’ve done shows with landscapes, still lifes and such, and have gotten good reviews and awards.  But, my love of the masculine art remains my favorite art to create so I do mostly that.  I just keep promoting my website and my art to my ever growing email list.  If anyone wants to see my new work before it gets on my website just send me an email at dannybabineaux@outlook.com  and say “Add Me.”  You can also check my website www.dannyboystudio.net for all my new art.  It’s ever changing.
 


The Burly Beautiful Bruins of Danny Boy Studio

So, Danny...when did you first start drawing?

In the 60's, I began drawing all the "hippy" symbols.   I used to draw the words "Peace" and "Love" in big balloon letters and then I would color them in psychadelic colors.  I'd always draw the "peace sign" done with the hand as well.  My grandparents would hand me a stack of paper and crayons and I would go into another world.

In 5th grade, my math teacher taught us how to draw block letters by shading the sides.  I remember being absolutely fascinated that something could look three-dimensional on paper, and I completely understood the process of doing that.

So, for many years afterwards, I drew letters in block form.  Also, my mother used to buy me Paint- by-Numbers kits for my birthdays or Christmas when I was young, and I'd spend hours at a time creating these animals and landscapes.

 

When were you first exposed to erotic illustration?

As a teenager, when I first realized that I was sexually attracted to men, I'd sneak into my parent's bedroom and find their sex manual with pictures, or my dad's sex magazines and I would draw or trace the pictures of the naked men.  To avoid getting caught doing that, I'd then rip the drawings to shreds and go about my business.  I did this quite often when they were away from home.  So, that was really my first encounter with transferring images of men onto paper.  It was just something very sexy to do; of couse, I had no idea at the time that I'd be doing that type of art professionally.

Are you self-trained or formally educated in art?

In high school I took an art class.  It was a lot of fun for me and I did very well in it.  One day, we were asked to draw a vase filled with flowers, which the instructor had put in front of the class.   I thought I had done a pretty good job, until I saw one of my classmate's work.  I was floored by the realism he was able to create in his drawing.

When the teacher used his drawing as an example for the class, I became envious, and wondered why my picture was not as good as his.  Then, I studied his for a while, and realized that it was all about light and shadows, and correct proportions. He'd been able to create that, and I thought to myself, "I bet I could do that too."

At 25 years old I moved to Los Angeles to pursue music, but not long after arriving there, I discovered this great art store. I'd never been in such a store before, having grown up in a very small town.  I decided to buy a couple of small canvases, a couple brushes and a few tubes of paint.   Out of the closet and old enough to have my own collection of magazines for inspiration, I began painting nude bodies, and became addicted to it.  

After several paintings, which I thought were not very good, a friend of mine, who owned a hair salon in West Hollywood, asked if I wanted to do an art showing in his salon, so I did.

That must have been exciting!

Well, lots of people showed up for the opening, but I didn't sell a single painting.  The paintings were very basic, and it was mostly just torsos.  I was afraid to do faces, as that was too challenging and time consuming.   One guest at the receptions said, "Why don't you ever paint faces?" so I knew I would have to at some point.

But I was just dabbling in art and not really trying to make a career out of it at all, it was just a fun hobby at the time. This hobby lasted about 20 years, on and off.

In 2002 my partner go a job offer in Miami, and he gave me the opportunity to to pursue art if I so desired.  He is an avid art lover and collector, and wanted to support me in doing that.  I thought about it long and hard and came to the conclusion that once we arrived in Miami, I would go to college and pursue an art degree.  I worked and studied hard, and I recently got my my Associate in Arts degree from Miami-Dade College, graduating with highest honors and made the National Dean's List.  I never thought I'd be starting college in my 40's much less doing art.  I've been creating art full time for the last 3 years.

Whose work most strongly influences or inspires you?

I have a great admiration for many of the Old Masters such as Carravagio and Rembrandt because they used a style called "chiarroscuro," a process of using intense light and dark values, which give the piece a dramatic vibration.  That moves me.

But I also love modern artists such as Chuck Close, who work in a very geometric and controlled way with a big focus on graphics, photography and of course, using his rich imagination.  I was a draftsman for may years, and I think that shows in some of my work because I use graphic components in the set up in a lot of my pieces.

Some of my art teachers in college have influenced me as well, by teaching me to "see" differently.  Influences and inspiration come to me from everywhere.  Also, I'm very appreciative of all the other artists who have touched me in some way with their work,  There were young students in some of my classes that inspired me with their great gifts.

Do you draw primarily from life, from memory, or from photography?

I have taken life drawing classes, and I do draw from life occasionally, but I prefer to use pictures that inspire me.  I manipulate those pictures on the canvas to create the ideal of which I'm constantly searching.  Also, I'm pretty good with a computer, having been a computer draftsman for many years, so I create a lot of my model in a graphics program before going onto the canvas.  I believer the computer is a great tool for modern day artists.  I have programs with models which you can place in any position you want, to create your art.  These types of electronic tools are changing the way artists work in many ways.

The expense and logistical challenges of having a live model sit for hours and hours is not always feasible for many artists, including me.  So I do create from life, as well as memory and photography.

What do you feel distinguishes your work from that of other erotic artists today?

There are a lot of erotic artists out there today, but my love for the very masculine, rugged, and hairy man is one of the reasons I believe that my art gets some recognition.  I think the way I play with light in my pieces helps distinguish me from some artists.  I try to incorporate traditional techniques with modern twists.  Also, as much as i want to get too detailed in my work, my natural tendency is to create more and more detail.  It's a balancing act for me, because I want to be creatively "loose," but I also want my art to possess the depth and character that details seem to provide.

If you were to draw one man whose physical presence embodies your artistic vision, who would he be?

I can't think of anyone famous who absolutely embodies my artistic vision, but I can try and piece it together.  Let's start with Sean Connery's face with a full gray beard, place it on a stocky body like Jim Belushi, add some nice body hair in all the right places and....I'm very inspired!

How can folks contact you?

Through my website at www.dannyboystudio.net or email at dannybabineaux@outlook.com


 

Interview from Un Oso en la Habana

(A Bear Blog from Havana, Cuba)

 

 

 Where are you from and what is your inspiration?

I grew up in the United States in southern Louisiana.  I lived outside of New Orleans in the bayou country until I turned 25 years old.   I was always creating something as a child.  I would always do “Paint By Numbers” kits, which my mother bought for me quite often. 

I would also draw things from the TV Guide, like a pirate, which I drew over and over again.  I also had favorite rock bands that I would make posters and cutouts of, to hang on my walls.  The hippy era spoke to me as well.  I used to draw Peace Signs, Flower Power Symbols and such, and got a real thrill out of doing those types of posters. 

Then I packed up my life in my mid-twenties and moved to Los Angeles, California. There is where I saw my very first art store and was fascinated by it.  I bought my first paints and canvases and started dabbling in painting nude men.   It was the only thing that really intrigued me.  Even in Louisiana, I would find my parent’s sexual magazines and draw the men only!   Of course I would throw them away, as not to be caught.   I was not out of the closet at that point and didn’t even know if I ever would.  

But in Los Angeles I not only came out and found a partner, I began to love art and started taking it seriously as a fun hobby.

 

Who or what is your inspiration?

I am inspired by many types of art, but am particularly drawn to artwork that has strong contrast between dark and light.  I also love artists you who have a technical flair in their art.  I think that comes from my many years as a draftsman, where rulers and scales were the method of drawing maps.

For my “Bear Art” I was always inspired just by seeing men on the streets, men at work, or men out and about.  I always wanted to portray the ruggedly masculine characteristics that embody a maturing man.  All the natural things about an older man inspires me to create them on canvas.  Their character lines on the face, their hairy bodies and beard, with a bit of a belly, are all very natural and sexy in a masculine figure. 

Masculinity is the opposite of femininity, and the visuals that separate the two are quite drastic.  An example would be a male lion versus the female lion in an aesthetic sense.  For me, the male lion commands more attenion visually.  It has the huge mane of fur around its head, with a strong muscular body, and a deep roar.   It is a powerful and rugged demeanor inherent in the male.  I think the human male is similar to that and it inspires me to paint them.

Are the models in yours paintings real?

I do not sit with live models to create my art.  That would not be feasible, and it would be too time consuming.  I work from photographs of men in particular poses.  I then draw the faces, their positions and backgrounds.  I use my computer’s image composer to help me get a rough idea of where I would want the painting to go, then I draw that on the canvas,  I then further manipulate the painting as I go to get the right values, color and compositions that are pleasing to the eye.  

I try to use photos without body hair, so that I can add it myself.  That is usually the final step in my paintings. So the models are not real, they are a creation from my imagination in a sense.  People are always asking me if these are real men.   Well, I guess they are REAL on the Canvas!

Are you single......and   Who is your ideal Bear?

No, I am not single.   I live with my husband on the outskirts of Austin, Texas.  We have been together 15 years and have been married for 8 of those years.  We met in Los Angeles, had our first date on Valentines Day, 2001, and shortly thereafter moved to Miami, Florida and stayed there for 10 years.  Now we are settled in Texas with our 3 cats, Madison, Zeus, and Lovey.

Physically speaking, my ideal Bear is one who has all the aspects of masculintiy that I described earlier.  My husband has those handsome, mature and furry traits, so I guess he is my ideal Bear.   But personality and attitude play a role as well.   The word “Ideal” suggests perfection, so I guess it depends, because there are so many aspects to a man.  It might be the voice that turns you on, or it might be the way his eyes sparkle that does it for you.  My partner has light blue eyes and silver hair, which is beautiful to me.

How many people follow your work around the world?

I cannot give you a specific number but I have a pretty large email list that I stay in touch with.   I send out an image of my newly created artwork when they are completed.  They are the first who get to see the latest artwork!      If any of your readers want to be on that list they can just send me an email to     mailto: dannybaineaux@outlook.com and say “ADD ME.”  You’ll get an image in your Inbox.     I also get thousands of visitors to my website every month.  Its a very nice fan-base considering that the Bear Market is a sub-market of the whole gay community.  

My website is www.dannyboystudio.net   These visitors are from all over the world.  I’ve also been blessed to have sold many paintings in about 20 countries such as France, Australia, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Finland and many more.   So I do have an audience, and I try to keep creating new material.

Why do you not paint younger bears?

I don’t???    LOL!   I thought nobody noticed!  

I paint what I find beautiful, not that younger bears aren’t beautiful in their own way. But, for my particular taste, it is the older, maturing man that has a certain sense of vitality, experience and masculinity that younger men will get to some day. 

An older man has experienced more life and that comes through in his demeanor, attitude and presence.  But I must admit that I’ve used hairless young Bears as my inspiration, but I will usually add silver hair and give him a lot of chest and belly fur.   Oh well, I just can’t help it.   The maturity excites my paint brushes.

Do you always use AcrylicPaint?  

When I first started painting about 30 years ago, I used oils, but after several years and poor ventilation, I decided that it was not good for my health. Plus, the cleanup of oils were not easy.  So I switched to Acrylics, which is water based, so it was easier to cleanup without any toxic fumes.   

But I must say, I had to re-learn how to paint.  Everything was different.  Acrylics dry very fast and the paintbrush moves differently than oils do.   But I’ve developed my own arcylic painting style and have stayed with it.   I actually enjoy acrylic paint more now.  I would not go back to oils at this point.

 

Have you ever tried other techniques?

I’ve tried several techniques over the years and have painted much more than just Bear Art.  I also do pet portraits.  I’ve done still life and have done some architectural paintings like Sydney Opera House in Australia, or The Blue Mosque in Isanbul.   But my main focus is Bear Art.  It has been my steady focus for 3 decades.

I’ve created a technique with squares that I use occassionally.  You can see some on my website under “In Collections.”  I paint squares on the canvas and then cross-hatch all the details at a 45 degree angle.  It is certainly different than painting in a realistic or semi-realistic fashion.  

Lately I’ve been trying to do some Cubism Style, but still exploring.   I have been known to try other things as well because I want to keep growing as an artist.   I tried wood-carving of Bears and after completeing 4 of them my hands were hurting so much I had to stop.  But they sold, so too bad I couldn’t continue.

Future plans?

I plan on keeping the paint brushes moving and creating the things that make me happy.  I take it a day at a time and enjoy the process of creating something new.   It fascinates me that I could bring something into the world that was not there just a few days before.   I’ll keep listening to my instincts and be grateful for the ideas and success that come my way.

Some words to the young bear community in Cuba?

Hi young Bears!!! 

You are beautiful as you are, but someday in the not too distant future you will be my IDEAL BEAR and you may may end up on a canvas!!!  Big Hugs!

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