Fred Gillen Jr.

I met Fred Gillen Jr. on Saturday, 16 March 1991.  A day I am most grateful for.  He is his work. Therefore, the complete Fred Gillen Jr. is one of my greatest inspirations.  He is not only both a passionate and virtuoso performer on every musical instrument he picks up (he plays the washboard like Yo-Yo Ma plays the cello); he is also a brilliant wordsmith.  I add with great humility, that Fred and I mentor each other.  I’ve come to realize that we are building the same jigsaw puzzle—one piece at a time.


Dan Bern

I believe that Dan Bern is a prophet.  His music will burst your mind and heart wide open. The “volume project” named “Fifty Eggs” is my humble thank you for his wondrous deeds.


Emily Asen

Emily Asen is a true wonder.  I believe that her being houses a full orchestra.  The works she composes are as rich and authentic as the black soil I saw in Illinois.  She plays most (if not all) of the instruments featured on her songs and is what I will dub a “self-production wizard.”  Emily’s lyrics are heartfelt and intelligent, and reflect her interest in poems by Mary Oliver and Rainer Maria Rilke.  Ani DiFranco + Ludwig van Beethoven + Ernest Hemmingway = Emily Asen




Visual Artists:


Scott P. Bernitt


Scott P. Bernitt is the graphic artist, sculptor, animator, webmaster, and so on (and so on) who designed this website.  His work is both innovative and inspired.  What’s more, he’s great to work with.

Sarah Sands

Sarah Sands’ paintings and expansive mind render me breathless on a perpetual basis.  She is another one of my major influences.  Moreover, she is a gracious human being.


Kerry Meehan


Kerry Meehan is a traditional visual artist who began a career in new media design at the dawn of the twenty-first century.   The 3D Interactives on his website are positively brilliant.  I’m particularly fond of the Toro Lawn Mower Blade Replacement.


Edward A. Burke


“For me, whether a painting is representational or abstract is an evolutionary process. Although I sometimes start and stay with a purely interpretational style, there are times when I start a painting from observation and the painting takes on a reality of its own, evolving into a reaction to reality that I interpret on the canvas.”—Edward A. Burke


A studio visit with Ed drove me to execute “The Burkes” in 2006.  His paintings are fearless and true.


Carla Rae Johnson


“My art is directly connected to ideas that address issues of social, political, and cultural import. As an artist, I find the most challenging forms and concepts at the intersection of the visual and the verbal. Though most often classified as sculpture, the work includes drawings, installations, and performances. Media include: wood, assemblage, paper, metals, plastics, concrete, clay, and words.”—Carla Rae Johnson


The form and content of the work to which I am committed owes its integrity to Carla Rae Johnson.


Keith Zahra:  Zahra’s Studio

Zahra’s Studio is a gallery, private art studio, and custom tattoo studio.  Body piercing is also done on the premises.  I met Keith Zahra over ten years ago when he opened for business in Peekskill (before relocating to Beacon, N.Y.).  He is an accomplished draftsman and I greatly admire his tattoos and painted works alike.

Carlos Felipe Manns

In the fall of 2008, Carlos emailed me the links to the two Blogs I’ve listed below.  I urge you peruse his work. (Yes—urge.)






Chuck Close:  Two Informative Resources

Chuck Close:  Process and Collaboration


Chuck Close:  Process and Collaboration includes exhibition information and learning resources.

Artsy’s Chuck Close Page


Artsy’s Chuck Close Page provides visitors with Close’s bio, over 200 of his works, exclusive articles, as well as up-to-date Close exhibition listings.


Philip Greenspun

Philip Greenspun’s photos of the “Arbeit Macht Frei” (“work will set you free”) gate at the entrance of Dachau are featured on this website.


Performing Artists:


Jennifer Jiles


“Jennifer Jiles is a New York-based actress and comedienne. Her acting credits include the National Tour of The Odd Couple, starring Tim Conway and Tom Poston, Mame, starring Samantha Eggar and Shani Wallis, and the role of Portia in The Merchant of Venice. As Agnes Gooch in Mame, she was praised by the New York Times as “pleasantly believable and welcomely less exaggerated than the usual misfit in her orthopedic oxfords,” and as Portia, “her glittering intelligence added great depth to her work.”

I met Jennifer at New York Sports Club, Croton (where I work as a Personal Trainer).  She is not only an extraordinary talent—Jenny is one of the nicest people I have ever met.  Discover her for yourself.



For Artists in the Marketplace:


Jackie Battenfield


Jackie’s book The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love is scheduled for release in Fall 2008 and will be published by Da Capo Press.  Jackie is also the coordinator for the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program.  She is one of my mentors and gave me what I believe to be my greatest gift:  GAP (Goals Attitude Perseverance).  I’ve been repeating this mantra several times each day since she shared it in November 1993.


Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program, Bronx Museum of the Arts


“The Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program marks the Museum’s ongoing commitment to support artists by providing training, encouragement, and a venue for exhibition.  A cornerstone program, AIM was established to realize the Museum’s goal of providing professional opportunities to emerging artists in the metropolitan area. The program is annually enhanced by a broad cross-section of participating artists. It is also enriched by guest speakers: artists, accountants, collectors, critics, curators, dealers, and lawyers who provide information, instruction, and professional guidance by addressing practical areas of concern to artists, such as curatorial practice, copyright law, exhibition and public art opportunities, gallery representation, grants writing, income taxes, and marketing.”



Beverly Army Williams’ Open Road Writing


Whether you need to hone your business writing skills, create a college admission essay, generate a compelling grant, or revise a short story, Open Road Writing offers services to help you to gain confidence in your writing.

Services include: business writing modules designed to fit into a hectic workday; admission essay workshops and tutoring for students preparing for undergraduate or graduate school; grant writing and publicity assistance for non-profits and artists; and creative writing workshops and manuscript consultations.

Beverly Army Williams is one of my greatest mentors.  She has been, and continues to be, the principal influence on the written aspect of the works of visual art I am driven to make.  Not only has she tutored me with what I will define as the mechanics of writing, she has helped me to free my writing from the whipping post and its biggest bully–the author.”


Online Portfolios:


Artists Space
Irving Sandler Artists File Online

Direct link to Linda Jean Fisher’s portfolio:

“The Irving Sandler Artists File is a digitized image database and slide registry that is open to the public free-of-charge, and is regularly used by curators, artists, gallery owners, collectors, consultants, and students to discover the work of visual artists. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive artist registries in the country. With the launch of the newly revised website in the Spring of 2006, the Artists File exists solely on the internet – the database allows artists to include 12 images, statement and resume in their online portfolio, and has rendered the hard files obsolete.”


The Drawing Center


Enter Linda Jean Fisher in the Name or Keyword Search box and click Go


Recommendation:  I ardently propose that you look at the portfolio of Robin Williams.  She’s self-taught and draws without looking at (or lifting her pen from) her paper.


“Established in 1977, The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program offers emerging artists the opportunity to include their work in a curated Artist Registry that is consulted by a wide variety of arts professionals from across the globe: curators, gallerists, collectors, and educators, among others.”


Facebook Portfolio


The following statement provides a clear and simple explanation of these works:

“The skin on the tip of my right forefinger is the substrate for the drawings I make using jet-black archival ink.  On 18 February 2006, I made a twenty-year commitment to represent all six million victims of The Holocaust with a fingerprint from this finger.  I recognize the drawing that accumulates on it, and document the last one at the close of a seven-day work period. The rate of force production behind the final impression modifies the density of the ink.  This, combined with the toothy surface of my fingertip, offers a variety of lines and forms. Each piece sparks a story in my imagination that I summarize in its title: a thought process that serves as a momentary release from the intensity of my mission.”

Recommendation:  Be sure to click on the photos and read their titles (Please Note:  Title Length Variable)


Welcome to Peekskill, New York! 

The City of Peekskill/Official Website


Peekskill Business Improvement District


Peekskill Arts Alliance



Peekskill Galleries and Cultural Institutions:

Flat Iron Gallery

“The Flat Iron Gallery is a four-room art gallery featuring works by artists from all over the United States. Available items include everything from jewelry to paintings.


The Art Gallery at Paramount East

The Art Gallery at Paramount East exhibits a variety of original work in all mediums. Subjects range from Traditional to Contemporary, including Realism, Surrealism, Abstract, Op Art, etc.”


Westchester Art Workshop Gallery

“This Gallery is housed at Westchester Community College’s Peekskill Extension Center in downtown Peekskill. In keeping with the center’s computer arts and new media programs and courses, the gallery hosts curated exhibitions of digital artwork by professional artists. The gallery has annual shows of student work and biennial faculty shows.”


Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art


HVCCA is the most dynamic contemporary art site in Westchester… Maybe one day these regional, more experimental art places might supercede art-stately New York City.”—Ben Genocchio, “New York Times”


Paramount Center for the Arts

“Currently, the nonprofit Paramount Center for the Arts operates as a year-round multidisciplinary center for the arts, with live performances, arts-in-education programs, films, and visual art exhibitions, serving over 63,000 people annually from throughout the mid-Hudson Valley Region.”



Art Materials:


Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

I only use Golden Artist Colors.  Their “Color Mixing Guide”

(http://www.goldenpaints.com/artist/mixguide.php) began my exploration into the science of color and vision.  Thank you GAC!


Mission Statement: To grow a sustainable company dedicated to creating and sharing the most imaginative and innovative tools of color, line and texture for inspiring those who turn their vision into reality.


Ranger Industries, Inc.

I use Ranger Industries Jet Black Archival #0 Pads and Reinkers.  In 2007, Ranger donated a generous sampling of both products for use in “Six Million.” 


Ranger is well known for bringing quality inks, embossing powders and innovative craft products to the arts and crafts market worldwide. Their company has a proven track record of excellence in product development and has won several awards of achievement in the industry. Their mission is to provide a fun, creative and successful experience for artists and crafters. They accomplish this by continuously developing exciting new products, combined with a comprehensive program of educational support.”


Resources for Other Materials I Use:


Foley Graphics

Foley Graphics prints the grids for “Six Million.”  We’ve worked together on several occasions since the late eighties.  They are great people.


Blockheads Paper Arts


Blockheads started manufacturing and selling rubber stamps online in November 2001. Their goal is to provide current designs in the highest quality at great prices.”


Blockheads Paper Arts also sells a huge assortment of stamping products and their website is a beauty.  They are the sole resource for the Ranger Industries Jet Black Reinkers that I use to feed Six Million’s inkpads.  The folks at Blockheads are consummate professionals.  Moreover, their fast turnaround time allows me to practice “Just In Time” inventory.  This makes them an ideal partner.  I highly recommend them.


Conservation Resources International, LLC

I acquire the drop-front boxes used to archive the completed grids for “Six Million” from Conservation Resources International, LLC.  Their prices and customer service department are excellent.


Top Seat Supply, Ltd.

Top Seat Supply Ltd. offers the best New Classroom Furniture in the industry with a Lifetime Structural Warranty, to school districts in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and western New York. They sell direct to school districts eliminating the need for dealers.”


Their Adjustable Leg Lift Lid Desk Model #774 is the desk that I exclusively use while working on “Six Million”



Of or Relating to the Opening of the Nuclear Age:


The Atomic Heritage Foundation


“Founded in 2002, the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) is a non-profit organization in Washington, DC dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Age and its legacy. The Foundation’s goal is to provide the public with not only a sense of the past but a better basis for understanding the present and the scientific, technical, political, social and ethical issues that we must address today.”


The Manhattan Project:  An Interactive History

“The United States Department of Energy Office of History and Heritage Resources, with the assistance of a graduate fellow, has been developing an interactive web site on the Manhattan Project.  When completed, The Manhattan Project: An Interactive History will total some 120,000 words and over 200 pages and 500 images, including photographs, maps, and drawings.



“The mission of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs is to bring scientific insight and reason to bear on threats to human security arising from science and technology in general, and above all from the catastrophic threat posed to humanity by nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. It was in recognition of this mission that Pugwash and its co-founder, Sir Joseph Rotblat, were awarded the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize.”


The Atomic Testing Museum


The Atomic Testing Museum portrays world history through varied representations of the story of the Nevada Test Site and its programs. The museum features many not seen before, first-person narratives, large iconic artifacts, environmental re-creations, theatrical devices, and interactive elements for personal exploration.  It also presents multiple viewpoints expressed in multi-media presentations and stunning graphics.”


Los Alamos Historical Museum


The Los Alamos Historical Museum is dedicated to preserving, protecting and interpreting the history of Los Alamos.



Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer


American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

“AmericanPromtheus.org is the website for Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s book ‘American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the complete biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer.”


Oppenheimer:  A Life

An Online Centennial Exhibit


An online exhibit for the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer featuring a brief biography, rare photographs, archival documents, and video clips.



The Teaching Company


The Teaching Company brings engaging professors into your home or car through courses on DVD, audio CD, and other formats. Since 1990, great teachers from the Ivy League, Stanford, Georgetown, and other leading colleges and universities have crafted over 200 courses for lifelong learners.”


I discovered The Great Courses offered by The Teaching Company while perusing the Westchester Library System’s online catalogue.  Due to the fact that I learn through repetition, the audio CD format is conducive to my process of comprehension and memorization.  I’ve tackled economics, World War II, the founding documents of the United States, particle physics, Hinduism, Judaism, and the religions of the Axial Age. I am looking forward to wrapping my brain around other subjects as well.





Timothy Taylor


Timothy Taylor is the managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, based at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is also the lecturer for several economics courses available through The Teaching Company.  His course titled “Economics:  3rd Edition” is clear, informative, and fun.  Yes, fun!  His passion for his vocation is contagious.  In addition, my newfound knowledge of the economy and contemporary economic issues has paved the way to a clearer understanding of the art market.


Robert Whaples


Robert Whaples is Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics at Wake Forest University.  His course named “Modern Economic Issues” is available through The Teaching Company.  He tackles surprising subjects such as gambling, major sports franchises, and overeating along with the more traditional topics like inflation, unemployment, and taxation.  Like Timothy Taylor, Robert Whaples is a stimulating speaker. What’s more, my interest in economics was further expanded under his tutelage.  A brief story from his lecture called “Conspicuous Consumption” provided me with the title of the “volume project” I began on 24 January 2008.


Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)


Mission:  “The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner.”


Federal Reserve Education


“Here you can find links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education. All of the Fed web sites, curriculum, newsletters, booklets and other resources are free.”



The Toyota Way



What can your business learn from Toyota?


  1. Double or triple the speed of any business process
  2. Build quality into workplace systems
  3. Eliminate the huge costs of hidden waste
  4. Turn every employee into a quality control inspector


The principles explained in Jeffrey K. Liker’s book “The Toyota Way” are an integral part of both my creative process and how I approach my managerial responsibilities as a visual artist.  I’ve become a far more efficient “multi-skilled operator.”  I highly recommend it.



The Science of Color and Vision:


The Faber Birren Collection of Books on Color

“Faber Birren (1900-1988) was a leading authority on the effects of color on humans as well as a dedicated collector of texts on color from a variety of viewpoints and time periods. He was a prolific author publishing 25 books and scores of articles, primarily on the use and effects of color in the workplace. As a collector, Mr. Birren’s particular focus was on color systems and nomenclature as well as the more humanistic aspects of color theory. He began his collection in the early part of the 20th century, donated it to the Art+Architecture Library in 1971, and remained an active force in shaping the collection until his death in 1988.”



Handprint.com is an all-inclusive resource geared toward watercolor painters (but any painter can benefit from it).  It includes information on the following things: papers, brushes, paints, “color theory,” painting techniques, art instructional books, etc. Sarah Sands (a link to her website in listed under Visual Artists) recommended it to me in October 2003 and I’ve been using it as a reference tool ever since.



American Jewish Committee

“The American Jewish Committee, established in 1906 by a small group of American Jews deeply concerned about pogroms aimed at Russian Jews, determined that the best way to protect Jewish populations in danger would be to work towards a world in which all peoples were accorded respect and dignity.”


David A. Harris is the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee.  His work opens my mind, touches my heart, and fortifies my commitment to “Six Million.”  He truly is one of my greatest influences.  Furthermore, don’t ever deny yourself the opportunity to hear him speak in person.


USMA West Point


United States Military Academy, West Point, New York


Mission:  “To educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.”


West Point Museum

“The West Point Museum’s collections include nearly all aspects of military history and encompass the history of West Point and the United States Military Academy, the evolution of warfare, and the development of the American Armed Forces.”


Eisenhower Hall Theatre

Eisenhower Hall Theatre is the Hudson Valley’s premiere performing arts center. It’s a special showplace where stars appear regularly and where the excitement of Broadway plays and musicals are standard fare. Opera, dance, symphony orchestras, staged spectaculars, country and rock are all on the menu.”




Photo Credits


Theresa Andre, Howard Goodman, and Kerry Meehan (a link to his website in listed under Visual Artists)