FLORIDA

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.

BEACH PEOPLE.

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.

BARRY AND JOANNE EPSTEIN TRANSOM. Patined copper. 5 X 4 feet.

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.

XEROX

The early advances in xerox color printing led me to create a series of collages using color xerox, photography, and sliced acrylic paint.

LOOK OUT FOR SUSAN AND ALLYN. Photo, Xerox, Slice art. 36×16 inches

Won place in The 32nd Annual Competition Exhibit, Boca Raton Center for The Arts.1983. 

XEROX PORTRAITS. 

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.

FISH SCAPES

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

THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

THE GATHERING

THE SHOCK

ACCEPTANCE.

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

KEY WEST

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.

 

That night I received a few calls from angry and annoyed I-95ers who had spent their evening stuck in traffic.

Within a week, half of the birds disappeared. It was discovered that a panel truck with a boat removed the birds under the cover of

darkness, never to be seen again.

201 NW 7TH ST.

My yard exposed the birds to the public.

The neighborhood enjoyed the flock.

Jason learned their complicated language.

Kim Capron made friends with THE RESTER.


The birds were gentle enough for small children to ride.

Decorated for masquerade parties.

Homeowners orders were custom colored.

RIVER BRIDGE.

Exxon Corporation needed 50 birds for their new residential community in West Palm Beach. I installed this flock the day before

Halloween. There was a lot of vandalism aimed at the flock.

The installation was completed. I went to the office to meet with the Exxon representative. He was displeased because the birds had

yellow legs. No problem. I fetched my Audubon Field Guide to North American Birds from my truck. I showed Mr. Exxon

that Great White Herons come equipped standard with yellow legs. He paid.

LION WALL FOUNTAINS. 

Reinforced concrete. 30 x 30 inches.  Another project for a florida developer. I changed to fiberglass for the material to make addition

editions. I used a fiberglass one on a mural in the UPSTAREZ BAR on Duval st. in Key West.

My inspiration was a regal African Portrait. 

My inspiration, an African sculpture.

TREES

Trees stand still. They are great subjects to draw. My first compositions involved the trees in West Park 

The trees of Florida became a common subject with my etched glass clients.

THE HISTORIC GREEN BUTTONWOOD. Por La Mar Park. Boca Raton. Carved and edgelit glass. 12 x 7 ft. Installed in the Boca

Raton Downtown Library.

The Boca Raton Beautification Committee invited me to join their organization. Their interest was to improve the tree canopy and

landscaping in Boca Raton. Under the enthousiastic and dedidicated leadership of Joanne Landon, I was encouraged to use my tree

rendering talents. They asked me to contribute this installation in their name to the library. Next I painted the tree’s portrait. It now

hangs in the office of the Department of Agriculture in Tallahassee.

Their pruning brichure needed illustrations. Here’s a few.

The mayor of Boca Raton, Mayor Hanson awarded me the key to the city for my contribution

I discovered The Grand Champion Trees.  I knew I wanted  to explore their sculptural beauty.

GRAND CHAMPION SHAVING BRUSH TREE.  Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 24 inches. Boyton Beach.

GRAND CHAMPION GREEN BUTTONWOOD TREE. Palm Beach. Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 24 inches.

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