Influences

I have been influenced by a m0x00E9lange of art, popular culture, music, the universe, faith, UFO's and deli sandwiches. Like other artists, I enjoy and appreciate looking at art, learning about artists, and I would say my taste in art is as varied as my taste in music -I like almost EVERYTHING. I do appreciate everything, even if I don't like it. I have always enjoyed pouring over art books and seeing fine art. My poor 3rd grade teacher probably thought a UFO dropped me off when I begged in my little lispy voice, "Please, Mrs. Blazer, if we go to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston can I see the Hironymous Bosch?" God bless her, while the other kids waited in line to see the Egyptian mummies, she let me trot off to the 15th century.

I have found my work inspired and influenced by classic and contemporary masters. At my no-longer-among-the-living dream artist cocktail party, Maxfield Parrish, N. C. Wyeth, Edward Hopper, M. C. Escher, Gustav Klimpt, Rene Magritte, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Winslow Homer swap stories over Henri's infamous "Earthquake" cocktails (the Tremblement de Terre contains 4 parts absinthe, 2 parts red wine and a dash of cognac - they are all getting a taxi home). Carravagio, Artemesia Gentileschi, Giotto, Michaelangelo Buonarroti, Fra Angelico, Hironymous Bosch, Johannes Vermeer, Alesandro Boticelli and Leonardo da Vinci bond over the Italian buffet. Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and Charles Schultz try to cheer up Edward Gorey. They would all be so grateful to be included in this fantastic party that they would each leave me with a lovely painting, drawing or silkscreen and I would open a museum with much better security than at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum that people can come to for free every day.

I would also invite my contemporary favorites, egg tempera master Robert Vickrey, Andrew Wyeth, illustrator Kinuko Craft, pop artist Peter Max, watercolorist Mary Whyte, color theorist Steven Quiller, psychedelic Fillmore West poster artist Lee Conklin and non-traditional watercolorist Roland Roycraft.

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