Duke Windsor

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Gold is the color of extravagance, wealth, riches, and excess, which hypnotize. The color gold is a warm color that can be either bright and cheerful or somber and traditional. Its cousins, yellow and brown, are also associated with illumination, love, compassion, courage, passion, magic, and wisdom. In art, the Golden Mean or Golden Ratio is the theory that the natural world has perfect symmetry by divine design. Gold is attributed to the spiritual reverence held by ancient gods. The Golden Rule in the Old Testament refers to treating everyone equally. Gold is a symbol of divinity and is mentioned throughout the Bible. Pagan idols were often made from gold, and the Ark of the Covenant was overlaid with gold. The gift of gold to the Christ child was symbolic of his divinity—God in the flesh.

Food in Art

There is a long history of food in art. Artists Van Dijck, Van Gogh, Louise Moillon, Cezanne, and Wayne Thiebaud, have each contributed to this genre. They each have created spectacular still-life masterpieces with food as the subject. In this form of still-life painting, food painting gives us more opportunities to understand the cultural lifestyles of the past

The Romans and Greeks each prided themselves in the pursuit of realistic depictions of food in art. In the Renaissance period, food was often incorporated with high realism in many religious-themed paintings. I have always admired the Dutch realistic depictions of markets and elaborate kitchen scenes filled with fruit, bread, slabs of meat, whole fish, boars with gleaming eyes staring back at you, and highly detailed colorful bouquets of flowers.

An American Food Icon

The hamburger is a simple meal whose exact origin is unknown. It is the early 1900s, a cook from a small town in Texas placed a Hamburg steak between two slices of bread, thus creating an instant meal to be carried out by a guest who was in a hurry and could not sit to eat.

The hamburger is a standard, everyday dish and is a product that is affordable and easily consumed. Advertisers spend millions of dollars to tantalize our senses with the best commercials and the most alluring ads. These ads are all developed by professional food stylists to create the "perfect" burger. As in art, this commercial still life is used to appeal to our emotions, senses, and desires and excite our taste buds with the end result being to sell.

Contemporary Culinary

Today, in the 21st Century, ordinary objects from the kitchen like condiment bottles in the sunlight, or even very stylized paintings of desserts as in the works by Wayne Thiebaud, suggest a new approach to depicting our culinary tastes. As the tradition of art flourishes and technology advances, the artist will continue to explore this desire to record our culinary tastes from the artist's palette to our palate.

Let's Eat!
An American Classic
Where's the Beef?
An Afternoon Delight
The American Icon

I served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat illustrator/photographer, and drill instructor stationed at MCRD San Diego and MCAS El Toro.  After leaving the service, I became a freelance illustrator and amateur rodeo cowboy, competing in the bull-riding, bareback, and steer wrestling events. I subsequently studied classical voice at San Diego State University and later performed professionally with the San Diego Opera Chorus. I hold the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt in Kempo martial arts and has operated a martial arts studio for over seven years. 

As a fine artist, I opened his first art studio in the Gaslamp Quarter in 1994. Since then, I’ve explored a wide range of subjects. My series of Urban-scapes have been exhibited and received awards at numerous juried exhibitions, group shows, and corporate venues in San Diego and Southern California. My paintings are in many private collections throughout the US and Europe.  I am an Associate Artist member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, International Acrylic Painters Association, San Diego Watercolor Society, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Foothills Art Association in La Mesa. I am a former Education Chair for the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild and have also served as a member of the Public Arts Selection Committee of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority Art Program. With over 15 years of museum exhibit design experience, I have juried many local and regional art exhibitions.

I began working in the museum industry in 2001, starting with the San Diego Museum of Art as an exhibit preparator's apprentice. I learned about budgeting, creating, planning, and installing many exhibitions through the years for over 15 years.  I worked as a preparator, construction shop foreman, Traveling Exhibitions Coordinator, and Director of Exhibit with the Museum of US, Mingei Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, The Timken Museum, and as the founding Director of Exhibits for the highly successful, historic naval ships, the USS Midway Museum. In 2015, I left for the private sector and currently manages a team of CAD Engineers for Full Swing Golf, Inc. of Carlsbad CA.  

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