Recent Shows

Reseda Studio Tour, November 2014

“Thanks for the Mammaries”, ForYourArt, Los Angeles, August 2014

“Beaches’ Madrid Theatre, Canoga Park, July 2013

“Justice for All” Emerson UU Church, Canoga Park, May 2013

Day of the Dead, Folktree, Pasadena, October 2012

Council District 12 Office, Chatsworth, 2012-2014

“Beaches” Madrid Theatre, July 2013. “Justice for All”

Emerson UU Church May 2013.

Day of the Dead, Folktree, Pasadena, October 2012.

Council District 12, Chatsworth, July 2012.

Rico Adair Gallery, NoHo, Jan 2012.

Art Noir, NoHo, Dec 2011.

Rico Adair Gallery, NoHo, Dec 2011.

“Colors! Colors!” LA Dept of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles City Hall, Jan 2012.

NoHo Woman! Show March 2011.

Pasadena: A Cultural Mosaic, Folktree, Pasadena, June 2011.

11:11 I of the Arts, Canoga Park Artwalk, July 2011. (four paintings and three cartoons of birds)

11:11 I of the Arts, Canoga Park Artwalk, August 2011. (four paintings and three cartoons of summer)


Honorable Mention, Paint America Top 100, “Death Valley 2”

Writing Credits

Contributing Blogger for NoHo Arts – “Over the Hill (in the other direction)” about the San Fernando Valley art scene

The Court Saved my Lifeline” op-ed, Los Angeles Times, July 2012.

“Obamacare to the Rescue”, Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2011.

Contributing Writer, 
Creative Child Magazine 1999

Contributing Editor and Writer, Arts and Culture page, Valley Scene 2004

Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times 8/00

Contributing Editor, Creative Line 2001

Contributing Writer Editor, Arts and Activities 2004

Op-Ed Los Angeles Times 9/03

Op-Ed, Daily News 9/06

Op-Ed, Daily News 3/07.

Writer and Editor, Valley Arts, 2008 to present

Feature article in Daily News, 1/09

Contributing Writer Editor, 
Arts and Activities Magazine 2010.

Writer of own blogs, Arts and Education, and


BBC’s NewsHour July 2012. – 15 minute interview about my experience with the Affordable Care Act

PoliticsNation, MSNBC July 2012.

PoliticsNation, MSNBC June 2012.

PoliticsNation, MSNBC, December 2011.

Vivian Porter’s “What’s Happening” show KRTH radio 2/04

Guest on Local Edition, CNN, TV 3/07.

KRTH Radio 3/07.

KBIG Radio 3/07.

KDisney Radio 3/07.

The Wave Radio 3/07.

ESPN Radio 3/07.

Guest on KCET PBS TV show, “A Place of Our Own” 2007.

Spotlight on the Community KABC and KLOS Radio 2/09

Guest on Time Warner Local Edition, CNN Headline News TV 2/09

Time Warner’s SoCal News/CNN Headline News TV 2/09

OnPoint News show CSUN 2009 (search on Youtube – 3 parts)

KDIS and ESPN radio 3/10

KIIS radio 3/10

Freelance Artist   1975 - present

Designed album cover for the Reggie Rydell Band

Designed logo and all t-shirt, menus, brochure, itineraries, vouchers, and mail order catalogues for Caribbean resorts,

CVI Group, Cancun, Mexico and Belize

Designed t-shirt and mug for Joe Farrell’s Musician Group

Designed computer graphics for Voice Learning Systems, US, Japan and Germany

Artist rendering police sketch for TV movie, “Baby Snatcher”

Muralist for the Mann Theatre in Glendale, Vanalden Elementary, Melvin Elementary, private homes

Curator 1999-present
Annual Valley Wide Student Art Show, Arts in Education Aid Council – an event for public schools that has grown so much in the past ten years that it evolved into an all day family arts festival at the Chatsworth Train Depot.  Over 5,000 people attended in 2010.  Recruited schools, raised the funds through advertising in the show program, direct donations, neighborhood councils, city council members, and in kind donations.  Oversaw 100 volunteers to organize, set up, hang show, serve food, conduct art workshops, and tear down event.  Created the show program.  Did all of the marketing and publicity.  Also produced the performing arts festival where school bands, individual performers, dance groups performed on stage all day.
Teen Annual Valley Wide Student Art Show, Arts in Education Aid Council – separate from the family arts festival, this show is for serious art students in middle and high schools.  Three different scholarships from three different art schools are awarded to ribbon winners.  Hire local teen bands who played original music to play the receptions.

 Art teachers art show.  Oversaw two shows for LAUSD middle and high school art teachers (at Valley Art Institute and the Armory in Pasadena).

McGraw-Hill/Glencoe, quarterly art shows of middle and high schools.  Responsible for recruiting, mounting, labeling and cataloguing each show.  Glencoe chose one piece from each show to purchase and frame for their permanent student art collection.

VAST (Valley Artists Studio Tour). Modeled after the very successful studio tour in Ojai Valley, we created a tour for San Fernando Valley artists.  Proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit arts education programs.

Cartoonist 1984-present  
Owner and operator of own greeting card company and self syndicated cartoonist. Comic books, calendars, T-Shirts, mugs, buttons, greeting cards.  Comic strips include “Bill’s Friends,” “Pregnant and Paranoid,” “Spike and Mic”, “Addicted Society,” “P.S. I’m a Girl,” “Father Time”, “ART”, “Road Trip” and "Topic of Cancer"

Teaching Experience 

Mama Spikeala’s Art School 1998-2003 (owned art school run out of studio)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art  2006 & 2007.

The Atelier, Chatsworth, CA  cartooning class to children ages 10-12  

Vanalden Elementary, grades 1-4, 2001 – 2004.
Nonprofit Experience

Founder and Executive Director of Arts in Education Aid Council, a nonprofit organization that is restoring the arts to public schools of the San Fernando Valley, one school at a time.  Oversee staff, volunteers, fundraising, public relations and events (annual arts festivals, quarterly public meetings, Arts Education Town Hall in 2007. where 150 arts education leaders from throughout the L.A. area attended, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered opening remarks).  In depth board training.  Served as President of the San Fernando Valley Arts Council for one year, promoting the arts in the San Fernando Valley by bringing various artists, arts activists, businesses, schools, and community members together through various networking meetings and events.  Provided support to local schools for arts programming.  Produced valley arts festivals.  Also served on various other local nonprofit boards (PTA and arts clubs and organizations).

Spike was honored to be selected to serve as a “Community Champion” by the Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy Leadership Training Program.


““Reseda” – a celebration of Reseda’s Rock N Roll History, August 2013

Open mic nights, Emerson UUC 2013 and 2014

"8”, Emerson UU Church, June 2013.

Vagina Monologues, Emerson UU Church, V-Day,
February 14, 2013.