Posts Tagged ‘China’

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My Peter Max Interview for ON THE SCENE

February 12, 2012

I see that a number of viewers who are interested in Peter Max are coming to my blog after watching ON THE SCENE.  So I thought I’d just say a couple words more about interviewing him.

I’ve heard from artists in particular who watched and love how he describes his work process…that he has no idea what he’s going to paint when he starts a fresh canvas and it reveals itself to him as he goes. I also am fascinated by the connection between his paintings and his musical inspirations. He likens his paintings to a jazz musician building on a riff and before the musician knows it, there’s a composition. But just what it means may not be immediately clear. After Max told me that I saw his paintings through a new prism…as colorful jazz flourishes and improvisations.

Our interview also touches on the beginnings of his artistic life as a small child living in China, where his father was in business. Max started drawing because his “little Chinese friends” all drew with chalk, so he joined them.

Anyone who’s ever met Peter Max never forgets him and this is an interview that I treasure.  And I always say that every artist who I interview becomes a part of me and I carry their influence with me in some way, always. With Peter Max, it’s the power of positive energy, to find it in others and in myself, and share it with the world. Like the biggest, brightest canvas one can paint.

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Meeting The Dalai Lama

May 13, 2011

He’s from Tibet and must crave the cold. That’s what we decided while covering the Dalai Lama. The air conditioning in the hotel ballroom where he was about to hold a press conference intermittently plunged into the freezing zone.

But I also appreciate a chill in the air. I think clearly and feel sharper. And when you’re about to meet the Dalai Lama, clear and sharp is what you need to be.

The Dalai Lama is in Newark, New Jersey to participate in a conference on global peace and he took questions from journalists Thursday before the launch of the peace summit.

I asked the Dalai Lama if it’s ever ok for someone to be killed in the name of justice, like Osama Bin Laden. The Dalai Lama made some comments in California last week that left people feeling he believed Bin Laden’s death was justified. In his answer to my question the Dalai Lama said he feels Bin Laden was already a “defeated” man and believes his death at the hands of the U-S military was wrong. He also acknowledged all of the people who disagree with his thinking.

After 45 minutes of answering questions…The Dalai Lama left the stage and as he did, looked my direction, paused, gave a quick bow of his head and shook my hand.  It was an extraordinary moment that I will remember the rest of my life.