The urban Tiki style is an environment of fun and leisure. A Polynesian paradise on the mainland where South Seas dreamers are fueled by quests for Tiki mugs, lamps, pendants, figures in the unrecognized art form of Tiki-modern. Tropical themes of bamboo and rattan, tropical plants, and murals of the islands are used. Creating the Tiki style illusion of an escape to the South Seas, in Tiki themed basements, family rooms, spare rooms, lanais, and backyard huts.
A children’s book illustrator in my early twenties led to other fields of art, including book cover designs, graphic art designs and corporate logos. From the early days of Ruby-lithe cutting and registration of color separations for offset Harris printing presses to Photoshop and present-day presentations, the world of art has reached potentials I had not dreamed of in the seventies.
The mediums I work in depend on the project. For portraits I like to work in oils, as well as some beach scenes. The humidity in Florida and summer heat often draws me into air conditioning where I utilize Gouache, acrylics, water color (opaque and clear), Permanent markers, colored pencils, ink, lettering enamels and glazes.
The techniques I use include slip-sheeting, liquid frisket, Gouache combined with egg tempera, palette knife, brush, pinstriping and bias relief using Free Form Air.
My art prints (paper or canvas) are professionally scanned and printed. I often stretch my own canvas.
While I am offering original art and paper or canvas prints for sale on line, I also paint on wooden boxes, helmets, masks and Tiki artifacts. These are only available (at this time) in the Oviedo Antique mall, Oviedo, Florida, “GILL” booths where Mike and I also offer collectibles. Twice a year, we sell in the bazaar at the annual events of Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale and Tiki Fever in Sarasota.