The adventures of a gay artist and the tales of travel, relationships and pursuit of love. More
I've lived an eclectic life which has included living through the race riots of the 60s and San Francisco during the 70s.
I came out in 1971 as a gay man in Atlantic City at a time when there was a light in the back of the bars to let us know when the police were arriving to beat us up and arrest us.
I was at the White Night Riots, attended the first gay pride parade in San Francisco, joined Queer Nation, ACT UP, and the Radical Faeries. I helped to start the first LGBT group in Bisbee Arizona.
Along the way I have always studied and practiced art.
(I recently put a collection of my work on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesru/sets/)
My intention at the age of thirteen was to understand how art worked. How did people do that? And that is what I have spend most of my life studying.
I lived in London during the IRA bombings and Seattle during the grunge era. I've been in 48 states and seven countries and lived in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, London, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Waikiki, Houston, Bisbee, Atlantic City, Hot Springs, and currently I live in Oil City.
My autobiography tells of my travels and my relationships and of love found and lost.
Mostly self-taught in the arts, I have had solo shows, sold many pieces of art, and worked as a professional artist in various ways.
The autobiography opens during my high school years. My father was chairman of the Republican Party, an accountant and commanding officer of the National Guard during the race riots that took place in Pittsburgh.
I was a gay hippy artist figuring out what everything meant within that environment.