Writing was something I had always enjoyed, but it wasn't until I took on creative writing as a minor while studying fine art at Tulane University's Sophie Newcomb I was made aware I might have talent. But painting was my first love then and the writing, what there was of it, languished in a couple of beer-case size boxes shipped from New Orleans to Chicago and finally to Hawaii as I moved from here to there over the next fifteen years.
Writing became a serious part of my life again only after a chance encounter resulted in a move to Hawaii in the summer of nineteen seventy eight. I began a long lasting affiliation with Lynn Shue and her Village Gallery Contemporary in Lahaina shortly after my move to the islands. I soon came to the conclusion my chances of survival as an artist and writer were about as good in this place as any other, so why not wake to a pleasant day? Maui has been home ever since. [Since the summer of 2014 I have also been living in Arizona.] Until recently I owned a great little dive bar called Kahale Beach Club in Kihei on the southern coast of Maui where I could occasionally take refreshment with an assortment of local and international bar flies or hobnob with the rich and famous that dropped by – or I could just watch the whales play.
Now, I paint pictures of people, purple trees and orange skies, and cupcakes the size of watermelons that are in private and public collections across the USA, Europe and Japan including the Houston Museum of Art, Tulane University, The Blaffer Foundation Collection, and the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts. I have been Jury selected for The Illinois Artist’s Exhibition at the Chicago Art Institute, three Indiana Artist’s Annual Exhibitions, and more than twenty of my pieces have been Jury selected for the prestigious Annual Art Maui Exhibition. I was one of only four painters jury selected for the first two editions of the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Schaefer Portrait Challenge and was one of the eleven artists chosen to be part of the singular ‘Witness to Time’ exhibition in conjunction with the art of Edward Bailey and the Bailey House Museum.
I write novels in a personal, offbeat, style some refer to as magical realism, where elements that might normally be thought of as fantasy are accepted as an integral part of the story’s reality. The critically acclaimed ‘Einstein’s Road Trip’, available on this site, is a prime example of my writing in this genre. Agree or not, reading ‘Einstein’ will give pause for thought. It’s a humorous cross country trip; an insightful, highly entertaining exploration of New Orleans and many of the eccentric characters that reside in its famous French Quarter. ‘Einstein’ was a finalist in the Faulkner Society of New Orleans Annual Faulkner/Wisdom Competition and received a five star excellent review in all categories by the Writer’s Digest Annual Book Awards Competition.
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Einstein's Road Trip : Confessions of a Fellow Traveler
by George Brinner
Aliens, witchery, zero fields, and a touch of homicide; a bumbling psychopath chases Maui artist, Gille Barker, an illusory Albert Einstein, and their Hopi Indian guide through deserts and bayous from Winslow, Arizona to New Orleans in quest of a satchel's mysterious contents and the true secret of life's design.
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