Artist / Dentist
Cultural Artists Spotlight: April 17 – April 30, 2019
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
My wife, Ramila, and I raised two children in Burbank where we have lived for almost 40 years. Ramila served the community for more than 40 years as a family physician. I practiced Dentistry in Beverly Hills for 34 years. Using my hands was integral to my work and it was only natural that my right brain was curious to venture into art. My work represents a range of genres including mixed media and ceramic paintings on impressions, spiritual iconography, and work on exotic woods of the world.
How did you first become interested in art?
Over the years my patients, who became my friends, inspired and encouraged me to pursue woodworking, painting, and ceramics. To enhance my abilities l joined classes at the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center, Kennedy High School, and Saugus High School in Granada Hills.
How can art enrich a community, and what are some ways people can become engaged with art in Burbank?
Art is a healing property. It offers an opportunity for an individual to escape the grind of life. Also, it helps evoke emotions to bring positivity, inspiration, and creativity. It is a good outlet to bring communities together. ln Burbank, it brings new friendships, relationships, and philanthropy.
If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?
Burbank is beautiful and l want to make it more beautiful.