Our move to Florida was done in stages beginning in 1975. The Coconut Grove Art Show in Miami triggered my artistic instincts, and
was then that I began my sculpted oil and acrylic paintings on tempered masonite.
These figures were a study in perspective and realism. The shading and color was influenced by Frank Franzetta. The beaches of
Boca Raton were the other powerful influence. The colors and sunbathers on the beach inspired me to create a series of photorealistic
cutouts of beach people and wild animals coexisting. The wall transformed into the sandy beach. Don Mahoney carefully transported
the paintings from the Poughkeepsie NY Beach People Show and I began entering and winning many juried shows. With these
paintings I established my artistic presence in South Florida
ELEPHANTS, RHINOCEROS, AND BEACH PEOPLE. 10 ft x 6 ft. oil and acrylic on 1/8 inch tempered masonite. Individual cut outs.
BOCA BEACH VENUS , Oil on 1/8 inch tempered masonite. 7 ft x 5 ft.
BOCA BEACH. Oil on masonite 8 ft x 3 ft.
Merit Award, 29th Annual Exhibit, Boca Raton Center for the Arts. 1980
BEACH ALCHEMY, Oil on masonite. 8 ft x 3 ft.
Won Entry, 30th Annual Exhibit, Boca Raton Center for the Arts. 1981
BEACH MAN WITH WATER BUFFALO. oil on tempered masonite 6 ft x 5 ft.
Excellence in Oil, Broward Art Guild. 1978,Won a place in the The Society of Fine Arts 44 th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary
American Painting. 1982.
THE BREAKERS. A1A, Boca Raton.
We rented a townhome at the brand new Breakers. I had a BEACH PEOPLE show with Robert Berry and Estelle Chawat in one of the
brand new condo that we converted into a gallery.
Ruth Feigl was an encouraging influence in my career. She and her husband Ken purchased some of my best work.
Robert Berry joined us.
BEACH MAN ON GOLD BLANKET WITH THREE RHINOCEROS. Oil on 1/8 inch tempered masonite. 8 ft. x 8 ft. The large white walls
were perfect for my large cut out masonite BEACH LANDSCAPES.
This led to a commission for a beach painting.
This A1A ocean side mansion was a great home for this painting.
BEACH WITH FISH AND PEOPLE. acrylic on canvas. 8×5 ft.
COPPER ROOFING AND SCULPTURE
Jim shifted gears from solar to custom roofing. He built an impressive list of clients.
Hamilton Place in Woodfield Country Club all were clad in standing seam copper roofs.
His roofs gleamed in the florida sun and they stayed gleaming because he coated them with clear Imron.
Together we used copper with the glass.
WALL HANGING . Carved and colored glass with patined copper. 6 x 5 ft.
A FAU art professor commissioned this copper mural for his 4 story tree house.
SUBERMAN MURAL. Patined and shiny copper. 14 x 7 ft.
I used a roofers trick to get the copper to turn green on this door transom. Salammoniac.
Jim and I worked together on this copper door.
Careful planning incorporated the bronze handles into the design. This photo was 10 years after we sealed the copper with Imron. It
needed repair by the right handle.
PEYSER COPPER DOORS. Hammered and bent copper with Imron. 8 x 7.5 feet.
Metal by Jim, Glass by Susan. We never disagreed. Isn’t that right, Sweetheart.
FIREPLACE SCREEN. Carved glass, Muntz metal frame with Imron. 40 x 30 inches.
THE EAGLE SIGN, BOCA RATON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Jason and Amber enrolled in the Boca Raton schools and at Amber’s school, Boca Raton Elementary, I volunteered to create a new
sign for the exterior west wall. Each student’s name was painted across the wings.
I wrote Amber and Jason in the eye.
Jim and his solar crew hung the sign. It was 3 separate sheets of 4×8 plywood that I keyed together to hide the seams.
Both my Beach People and The Eagle Sign are examples of cutouts or sculpted edge paintings.
After 30 years of watching Florida sunsets, the EAGLE SIGN was retired.
The early advances in xerox color printing led me to create a series of collages using color xerox, photography, and sliced acrylic paint.
Won place in The 32nd Annual Competition Exhibit, Boca Raton Center for The Arts.1983.
I photographed Jim and Jason. This is the result of cutting and pasting the xeroxes.
JIM AND JASON COMBINED. Black and white xerox and paint. 8.5×11 inches.
Our next home was on the corner of NW 2nd Ave and NW 7th St. was an Addison Mizner stucco house built for the workers at the
Boca Raton Hotel and Club. Jim remodeled it back to its original beauty. He exposed the Pecky Cypress ceiling and Dade County pine
floors. It proved to be a perfect place to display my sculptural landscapes composed of schools of fish.
The beginning was an imaginative idea. What would the ocean look like if all the fish poked their heads up above the water if even for
a few seconds?
ANTICIPATION. Pencil and ink on watercolor paper 16 x 12 inches
These seascapes became 3 dimensional surreal environments with my concrete fish head sculptures.
CHECKERBOARD COBIAS. Concrete with photo sensitive emulsion placed on painted roofing slate. h=14″ 4×4 ft. Won entry in Boca
Raton Center for the Arts, 31 Annual Exhibit 1982.
The fish heads were cast from molds made from cobias with 100% silicone. Their eyes were spiral seashells. The Fibonacci Effect,
which I discovered much later, explained why this progression in nature has always fascinated me. I photographed them at the beach
to recreate the Sea Scape drawings.
MARLIN. painted cement. 18×10 inches.
Sorry to say that the BLACK FISH were witness to an unexpected tragedy.
The men are pointing at Cuban bodies in the surf.
BLACK FISH. cast cement. 18 inches.
I enjoyed displaying my 3 dimensional landscapes in my front yard.
WHITE FIRE FISH. plaster cast sculptures with fire. h=18 inches
Jim was made an offer he couldn”t refuse. His building partners from Woodfield Country Club became bar owners in Key West on
Duval St. They included Jim, and overnight he became part of the all night bar scene for a year. The bar was named UPSTAREZ. It
was on the second floor of Rumrunners, and played top 40 Hip Hop. I was given the honor of acid etching the 24 ft. mirror behind the
bar and decorating the walls.
LION’S HEAD WALL. Lions head wall fountain and Fluorescent paint. 12 x 8 ft.
PAINTING FROM HELL. Urethane foam and fluorescent paint. 8 x 12 ft.
Amber, Jason, and I joined him every chance we got. Each day and all night was filled with unforgettable events. The bar closed before
we sustained any permanent damage.
GREAT WHITE HERONS
NEWPORT BUSINESS CENTER, DEERFIELD BEACH needed to be noticed. Their I95 lakeside exposure was a perfect place for a
rubberneckers to get an eyefull. My Great White Herons became their choice to highlight their new location
These cement fish sculptures led to a very large commission for The NewPort business Center in Deerfield. I populated an island
visible from I-95 with 75 larger than life Great White Herons for the SWA landscape group.
Here are the 3 poses. HUNTER, THINKER, SEARCHER. h=6ft. Solid white portland cement, powered glass, and white silica sand.
Yellow rebar legs and glass taxidermy eyes. There were 2 rebar in the neck for extra strength.
I used the simple elegant lines of Egyptian art.
Here’s the mold process with birds in different stages of completion.
Progress in my yard.
They were transported to the west side of the lake.
Each bird needed my personal attention.
Jim found the perfect boat to ferry the birds to the island. It was already cushioned.
The boat was overloaded on every trip.
Back and forth.
Forth and back.
Jim made sure every 80 lb bird was carefully unloaded.
Painting a slurry of cement, sand and glass cleaned up transportation dirt.
The final touch ups.
Placement of each bird was considered. A natural looking flock was our goal.
Some of the leg holes had to be drilled on site.
The representative from the SWA Landscape Group and I enjoyed the success of the installation.
We noticed a slowing of the traffic on I-95.
Traffic backed up to Palmetto Parkway at one point during Thursday night rush hour. A bus even stopped on the side of the road to get
a closer look.