Multi-media artist, Jay Bolotin, was my first mentor. I met him in 1980 by chance—he was a regular at my dad’s restaurant. He taught me sculpting techniques like mold-making and casting, and I learned more about art and making art in minutes with him than I did in months of college art classes. But more importantly, his uncompromising, very powerful sculptures, prints, paintings, songs, and performances, and his dedication to his work have inspired me ever since. On the surface he is a quiet, soft spoken man, yet his work bellows and seethes with passion, which I hint at in the turbulent handling of the torso's surface beneath the calmer face.
23 x 17 x 11 inches.