A trilogy, the first of my memoirs actually occur last in the chronological order of my life. One Man Show introduces the reader to the seduction of self-reliance as a boy responds to the vicissitude of childhood. Later, as an ambitious showman, life introduced a series of influential mentors who rocket understanding and reveal qualities that run counter to original beliefs.
The theme gets an interesting twist after devastation prompts the start the process of recovery from tainted beliefs that only served to keep me separate. By reaching out to others, becoming part of the community, I experienced catharsis from those dynamics and rose into practical connection with God. I found peace, a greater understanding for others and the epiphany that writing about these experiences will possibly inspire others.
Tales of a Traveling Airbrush takes the reader on a turbulant adventure as boy turns into man. Inspired as a teen while painting decorative designs on the circus fleet and drumming in the circus band, I became fascinated with what I saw the trainers enroll the animals to do. Becoming immersed in this fascinating trade, I found principles of regard, encouragement and principles of love in harmony between trainer and animal. Encouraged by others I began my lifelong passion of learning all aspects of classic horsemanship, developing skills as a trainer and presenter of liberty, manage and dancing horses with emphasis on the circus performing arts.
As the market for performing changed, other outlets for my creative zeal appeared. Having learned the ages old trade of the hand lettering sign painter prepared me for the next echelon of my life. During the mid eighties, the emerging fad of retirees becoming full time RVers began.
At one time, the only fanciful exterior paint jobs on buses were for touring entertainment musicians. Ma & Pa USA wanted to look like country stars in their new motor homes and this provided a boost for my career. Using skills of the circus man, I served this wandering clientele in a series of new locations across 32 states for a period of nine years as a traveling airbrush mural artist becoming the most prolific of all the artists in the industry. My reputation facilitated being invited to become the resident artist at the largest RV dealership in the country.
Tales of a Circus Artiste honors my father, mother and reveals nuance about the performing horses of the circus. This memoir explains where my creative talents came from and how my love for the circus began.
The story opens in 1931 when a boy and his friend are up before dawn, waiting by the railroad tracks for the circus train to arrive arrive in Columbus, Ohio. The reader will relive the exciting process of circus day when many railroad cars of wagons, animals of all kinds are unloaded and the population of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey set up a huge traveling tented city.
The observant boys witness the circus performance filled with an aggregation of unbelievable wonders that amaze everyone in attendance. At the end of the day, they watch the crews tear it all down and load it back on the train. Late at night, they see the loaded train head for the next town. In the wake of this annual magical experience, the boys launch a backyard enterprise of their own that included my dad as the ringmaster who dreamed of living a life of adventure on the circus.
These books are in editing mode now and will be published in the traditional manner.
What People Say
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Walt Disney
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.J. K. Rowling
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Dr. Seuss