"Here’s a message to President Trump: Seattle is not afraid of immigrants and refugees." "What does scare us? A president and federal government that would seek
to weaponize a law enforcement agency to punish perceived political
enemies. A would-be despot who thinks the rule of law does not apply to
him." Jenny A. Durkan, Mayor of Seattle.
"Another reform in the Amercan Constitution is the exploding of all oaths of personality. The oath of allegiance to America is to the nation only. The putting of any individual as a figure for a Nation is improper." Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man. Midnite - High Places Of Anu written by Vaughn Benjamin.
Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, visits Washington D.C. and John F.
Kennedy. October, 1963. Film by Sidney J. Stiber, Public Domain.
Visualmyth by Patrick Burke.
John Mayall - California. From "Turning Point" 1969. Written by John
Mayall and Steve Thompson. Edward Weston and Charis Wilson, from The
Photographer 1949. Willard Van Dyke, Phototgraphy and Director. Public
Domain film. Visualmyth by Patrick Burke. Jo Mora Silver Half Dollar 1925 - Tapestry - Visualmyth Fabric.
" Seek Knowledge Before Vengeance". Written by Vaughn Benjamin-vocals. Ron Benjamin-keyboards. Abijah Hicks-guitar.
Phillip Merchant-bass. Dion(Bosie)Hopkins-drums. Rob Scherer, photography.Powered by ONADIME. Visualmyth by Patrick Burke.
I became an artist in 1979 after spending three years as a commercial fisherman in Alaska where I fished for King Crab, shrimp, halibut and salmon on the North Pacific and on the Bering Sea. It was an amazing experience; inspired by sleep deprivation and the urge to survive I began to draw and paint. Prior to fishing I considered myself a writer, soaking up experiences, writing prose, poetry and short stories. I also spent 3 years as a herdsman on dairy farms in Vermont and in Washington state, my thinking at the time was that if I learned to fish and farm I would be a true Irishman, and I would always be able to get a job.
So I experienced the "ancient/primal" occupations. I have exhibited my work in galleries in the US and Europe. In 1991 I had the good fortune of being the first American artist to have an exhibit in East Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in Kulturhaus Treptow. My current goal is to write as much as I paint, combine unseen elements - create a big circle for the wind to blow through, causing sound. "There's plenty where plenty comes from."