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NOTE: It's important to take your time looking at these paintings, to go slowly and let your eyes and brain digest them over time. I've never been interested in making paintings that are easy to take in or that are about one thing. I've always loved paintings that can be discovered and then rediscovered, seeing different things each time you look at them. This request is easier asked than achieved in today's abundance of too much information and having no patience or time to comprehend it all. Of wanting instant access to everything but not wanting to savor it much before jumping to the next accessible thing. It took me over 11 years to create these paintings so try not to look at them in 11 minutes or even 11 hours. This website is going to be here for a long time so there's no hurry and it will make a huge wonderful difference in the end.

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No. 051 - Portrait Of Randy Berger - Commission
Acrylic on canvas - 12 in. x 18 in.
Thursday 5/17/1990 - Private Collection

I was working doing maintanance and remodeling in Oakland for property owner Randy Berger when his right-hand man and my boss/friend Phil Tagami hired me to paint this portrait of Randy in front of two of his commercial properties which included the Lake Merritt Hotel. Phil gave the painting to Randy as a token of his appreciation for their working relationship.

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No. 042 - The First Baseball Game
Acrylic on canvas - 18 in. x 24 in.
Thursday 4/5/1990 - Collection of the Artist

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No. 043 - Court Jester And Her Salad Exist
Acrylic on paper mounted on wood - 18-7/8 in. x 23 in.
Tuesday 4/10/1990 - Collection of the Artist

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No. 044 - Up On Snail Hill After The Rains
Acrylic on plywood - 9-3/8 in. x 9-3/8 in.
Thursday 4/26/1990 - Private Collection

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No. 045 - Every Guitarist Dreams
Acrylic on wood panel - 16 in. x 12 in.
Tuesday 5/1/1990 - Private Collection

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No. 046 - The Beginning And End Of Eternity
Acrylic on wood panel - 12 in. x 16 in.
Sunday 4/22/1990 - Collection of the Artist

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No. 047 - Falling Through The Window Of Sleep
Acrylic on canvas and plywood - 9-3/8 in. x 9-3/8 in.
Monday 5/7/1990 - Private Collection

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No. 048 - Back When It Was Really In Fashion
Acrylic on canvas and plywood - 9-3/8 in. x 9-3/8 in.
Tuesday 5/8/90 - Collection of the Artist

I don't know what this painting is nor what it's about. With the other paintings on this page I was able to decipher a somewhat knowable composition and story that is evidenced within their titles. But with this painting I never really knew what it was nor what I wanted it to be. There may be some sort of king-like face and some indication perhaps of his body (her body? Can women be kings too?) But ultimately it remains a mystery to me. And perhaps most other artists would never say what I'm saying here about a work of theirs that they didn't understand, but here we are.

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No. 049 - Sally With Her ‘S’
Acrylic on canvas and plywood - 9-3/8 in. x 9-3/8 in.
Tuesday 5/8/1990 - Collection of the Artist

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No. 050 - The Pursuit Of Perfection
Acrylic on canvas and wood - 18 in. x 24 in.
Broken Canvas No. 8
Friday 5/11/1990 - Private Collection

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