A visualmyth with many components: the photo of Picasso's studio on Rue de Grands Augustins, May 9, 1944 by Brassai, digitally altered as a derivative work; as well as public domain images from WW2 news footage, and original paintings by Picasso, "Portrait of Marie-Therese" and "Women Running on the Beach", digitally altered as derivative works. "La Marsellaise" from the soundtrack of the film Casablanca, public domain. Interview audio from RTBF, 1966. *the audio for the video is slightly out of sync with the original version, due to the upload...for some unexplained reason.*
I became an artist in 1977 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."