Happy Birthday Vincent van Gogh!

The greatest lesson I learned from van Gogh is that visual fine art can change lives. It can inspire new understandings, bridges between people and cultures, and that great art, whatever the narrative, is always somehow holy and inspirational. I doubt that I would be an artist today, or even as good a human being as I continue to strive to become without his influence and spanning across time, his visual friendship, for which I aptly thank God, as van Gogh would have wished.

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Birthday Tribute to Andy Warhol

As an artist Warhol’s work continues to inspire and effect my own. He is one of the greatest artistic influences on my work. His use of symbols in Pop Art, especially in his later work, mutates through other artists such as Jasper Johns and Word Artists like Jenny Holzer and Lawrence Weiner to become the strokes of my Post Conceptual Art in the twenty-first century. Warhol’s influence on my work becomes visually obvious with my Essence Portrait of him.

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