If there is something unique about my artform, it would be that I accommodate the opportunity, and devise the art approach best suited to create an impact. My “art form”, which manifests as many art forms, is generally participatory, employs materials and methods in effective but unusual ways, pushes the “envelope” of the institution involved, and is completed by an audience. The crowning glory of making an ArtCar is the reaction of people as you drive by. Murals reflect and enhance their geographical location. My photos are printed and mailed as holiday cards. What the community/student projects lack in polish, they overcompensate in revealing the creative spirit in persons underserved by formal arts access. The projects that have historical or political content engage those previously uninformed.
People are surprised by my work. They find it humorous, clever. Generally, peoples’ first impression is positive, and then they say “how did you do this?” ArtCars and murals are not unique. Cave paintings are among the most ancient artforms, and I am sure the Weinermobile and Batmobile made an impression on me as a kid. Because my work is publicly accessible, displayed statewide, and nationally published, it contributes to Ventura’s,( my home town,) cultural vitality, and viability elsewhere.