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sparks, drexel, dayton, ohio, visual artist, bedpan art, photographer,
musician, found art, folk art, paintings, sculpture
I was born the son of a Dayton, Ohio policeman, factory worker,
and later, Southern Baptist Preacher from Drexel, Ohio (a tiny
coagulation of junkyards, chop shops and ghetto food shacks just
outside of the west side of Dayton.
age 5 to 12, we lived in Corbin, Ky., the inner-city of Louisville,
Ky., the migrant farming Northwestern, Ohio town
of Ottawa, and then a three year stint in Campton, Ky., in
Wolfe County, a poverty stricken mountain town and area just
south of Red River Gorge, one of
the most beautiful places in America. My adolescence was spent
in the Dayton, Ohio area.
only art I was exposed to as a child outside of popular American
culture of the 1970s was gospel soul, Appalachian and
doo-wop music. After getting religion at age 28, my father
took his family on a 10-year odyssey of life in poor mountain
coal mining towns, migrant worker villages
and inner-city environs to pursue the Southern Baptist ministry.
grew up cast as an All-Star defensive lineman, and later, US
Army Combat Engineer. It was a long journey to where I am
today as an artist. I've been a newspaperman, early e-zine
publisher, ad-man, singer, songwriter, painter, school bus driver
and labor union leader, among other
and fellow songwriter Brian Pelfrey's musical project Drexel
has received kudos from around the globe for its musicianship,
lyricism and unique sound, garnering fans as diverse as former
Tom Waits sax man Ralph Carney, and modern American songwriting
genius Chuck Cleaver, the influential and globally respected
fluxblog, as well as a
small but fanatically loyal following of fans from across the
I live and work in Dayton, Ohio, where I am able to draw upon
inspiration from America's post-industrial Urban/Appalachian
ghetto wasteland on a daily basis.When I'm not creating art,
I stay busy with my job as a Dayton Public Schools bus driver,
where I proudly serves with honor as the Vice President of the
local bus drivers union, #627, Ohio Association of Public School
Employees Union, parenting two daughters, two dogs, two cats,
I make art because I feel I have a lot to communicate
and that with art, an individual can transmute the conscious into
To me art is music is words is colors is images is sounds is
feelings. Maybe that's why I've immersed myself different forms
of communicative art. I have no formal art education, and the
visual pieces I create are for the joy that is experienced by
me in each piece - from the subject and characters of the piece,
which come from a thought,
an observation, or perhaps a conversation with another, to the
implementation of the concept, to the nuts and bolts like painting,
My bedpan art, which seems to garner the most attention of all
the things I do, is just a perfect metaphor for life and my philosophy
towards it. You can make anything beautiful with unleashed creativity
and love, even a
All of the pieces that I paint are from some second hand source.There
are lots of boards in piles of garbage all around the city of
Dayton as the process of post-industrialism continues unabated
in my city, almost four decades strong. I can always find something
to paint on around here, and plus, Dayton has a reputation for
being a giant Midwestern forgotten industrial slum, and to be
honest, I feel my city, and cities everywhere, need a beauty
A hypodermic full of love, if you will.
Updated January 6.2008[
January Update to include the music of "Drexel", photograph
review from Dave's Phptpblog realdaytonohio.blogspot.com] .
East end girls looking for work
near Keowee and First Street.
end man walks his weapon, er pit bull, down the street while terrified children walk home from school.
end teen rides his custom low-rider bicycle on East Fourth Street.
retarded pallette stacking accident waiting to happen sighting
of the day. Keowee Ave.
Crackhead Phil at BP
News crews where 13 year old was rape at knifepoint
behind abandoned house
"Big John's House" From the Album River of Chowder
the Album River of Chowder
in the Shadow of the Valley of the Dollar Tree" from
the album Sexual Pancakes
Painting: Wesley Willis
The Dale Earnhardt Tree of Life
Painting: David Koresh
Ale-8 - Briar Breast Milk
Pope John Paul II - Fullback
for the Lord
Actual quote heard in Georgetown, Ky. 1987
Painting: Jim Jones
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