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Interviewed by Sophie Leigh on the subject of Pop Art & landscape painting

Where do you get the inspiration to paint your wonderful paintings?

My inspirations come from almost anywhere and I never know when they will strike... which is half the fun. Most of my landscapes are inspired by actual places I see - even though my paintings may not quite resemble the real places. My paintings are my versions of places and locations.

Why do you wear your strange hats that are like hotdogs?

Speak softly and wear silly hats. I don't know why but I have always loved silly hats. There are photos of me as a little kids with lots of silly hats. I always wear hats and when I see fun ones I buy them. Plus is a fun visual touch for my web site to have the photos. I live in Boston most of the year and its cold most of the year so I wear all manner of hats to stay warm. When it's warm out I wear hats to shield my head. I like hats

How did you become an artist?

When I was 11 or 12 I was given an art set of pencils and multicolored pads for a gift. I don't know why because up to that point in my life I don't remember ever expressing any interest in art or showing any interest in it. Anyway I started drawing that day and something in my mind clicked and I've never stopped drawing. I knew instinctively that art was what I was meant to do.

What was the first painting you ever painted in your artist career?

The first painting was one of lessons in an early John Gnagy Learn To Draw kit that I got for Christmas. Previous to that I was drawing a lot and using pastels and colored pencils. Painting is a whole different way of dealing with art and it presented a real challenge for me... still does.

What is your most recent painting of a landscape?

I just did a series of 7 pop art landscape paintings using a style similar to the Beatles cartoon Yellow Submarine. I love that style and did it a lot in the 60s and 70s and it seems to be making a comeback in popularity.

What is your favourite landscape that you have ever painted?

My favorite is a very simple one of Ayer Rock in Australia. Its the largest single rock formation on earth and its always inspired me to paint it. I've painted it several times.

Have you always been as talented as you are now with a paintbrush?

God lord no! I was determined to learn to paint and be an artist and it took me years of endless work to develop my skills to the level where I felt comfortable. I have known several artists in my life who were born with the gifts and the skill to be artists. I was not one of them. Whatever skills I have are the results of decades of non-stop drawing and painting and I'm still learning.

Who is your favourite artist?

I have many and they have all influenced me: Peter Max, Milton Glaser, Monet, Pissaro, Andy Wahol, Marisol, Jim DIne, Rembrandt, Di Vinci, Lucien Freud, Wayne Thieabud, Steve Kaufman, Degas, and the list goes on and on.

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