SHORT ANSWERS TO FAQ
WHERE DOES THIS CREATIVITY AND MOTIVATION COME FROM?
I won the genetic lottery.
HOW DOES THE ADVENTURING AND FIRE DEPARTMENT RELATE TO YOUR ART?
All three are about taking a risk.
WHAT'S THE SCARIEST THING YOU EVER DID?
Fell in love.
After all this what's left to do?
Continuing to be expressive in everything I do. That's the high.
How would you describe your creative process?
Relaxed but I work with a very practiced level of concentration.
What are some of your musical influences?
I graduated in 1972 so that's where I'm coming from.
What's your biggest achievement with your art?
Raising over 30K for the White Helmets, it made a difference.
How did you get involved?
Caught the news clip, got angry and responded proactively.
What's the biggest take away from the fire department?
Luck is critical in everything and helping doesn't hurt.
Humility goes a long way but luck also plays a role.
What's a fire fighter's worst day?
When one of us doesn't go home.
Any close calls?
Not really but exposed to many high risk scenarios.
Saving a life must demand the most from you.
It does and it's intense for everyone. I dealt with it by being hyper vigilante in my training and preparation.
What's life like in a fire hall?
It has a lot of dynamic tension to it, be relaxed but also
ready to perform at your best in the time it takes to
arrive on scene.
The community looks up to fire fighters and see them as heroes.
We're not heroes but well trained people. To me the heroes are the ones who witness an emergency and act without thinking or waiting for us to arrive. That impresses me, they're great human beings.
Do women belong in the fire department?
Yes, I learned to climb in the mid seventies from men and women. The women were competent, skilled and fun. The two women
at Delta Fire bring that same character to the hall. The way I see
it we're equal just different.
What's the best thing about being an artist?
I can grow my hair long an act like Andy Warhol .
He had a 'bemused indifference' to society, that's
what all of us are after right? No one else like us?
Have you ever had writers block?
Favourite movie line?
"I'm co-operating, darn tootin' I am." Fargo.
Any words for others pursuing their creativity?
Be honest, be expressive.
Are you a religious or spiritual person?
Spiritual in the sense that I have a conscience
and don't need religion or a god.
What do you covenant most in life?
Great health, concentration and confidence.
From there I can contribute on all levels, family,
friends, career and continue to be connected to
humanity in a small but meaningful way.
Is there anything missing or something just out of reach?
Well, I think it would be great if they named a paint after me.
What colour would it be?
A shade close to the blue from the Roland 1680 screen would be very cool.
Is there a fountain of youth?
More than memories.
Pretty and nobody's fool.
Boy racer to the end. Not just my dad but a true ally.
More than memories.