My goals as an artist are to always be in the moment, to take the
viewer to new places and to never stop learning.
Side Bar: My Dad was in a bad car wreck that took away the use of his right hand. He had
been a right handed artist and he had to learn to draw with his left hand and he
was every bit as good or even better. His pen and ink wildlife washes are beautiful. He told me
many times to not ever quit my art. For over 20 years I climbed around on joists
and rafters as a carpenter and my artistic aspirations never went away. If we were rained out on
a job I would try to paint a one day masterpiece. Didn't happen but what great
energy came through while I tried.
Side Mas: I don't paint athletes or celebrities as idols. There is a story to be told
|Side of Fries: I am so thankful for all my blessings. Family and friends have been
amazing influences in my life.
|Side Crunch: I have played fastpitch softball with and against some
of the best players in the
game. Hall of Famers Hice Stiles and Greg Sepulveda have been my teammates and I am looking
forward to close friend
and All-World outfielder Alan Rohrback joining them in the hall.
- 1952 Born to Louise and Gerald Woolery verrry hazy.
- '55 still blurry but I remember a teach your parakeet to talk record.
- '57 Finger painting and my dad taught me to draw.
- '59 Discovered Mad
- '61 My brother Glenn and I ask Mom to look for
Roger Maris on the back of cereals when
shopping. She became a Roger fan for evermore. Faves for me were
Ron Santo, Don Norton, Del Shofner,
Mickey and Rog
and Ann-Margret. Met Fred Ventura and he became a lifelong brother.
Chargers came to San Diego and they lost
Patriots 41-0 around Christmas; I was morose. Red flag? The Chargers won the Western Division and my
took Glenn and I to the championship game at Balboa Stadium. We froze on the concrete seats and lost
Oilers. Street baseball and front yard
begun as well.
- '62 Oak Park Little League.
- '63 Won a 45 record of Puff the Magic Dragon at a drawing
contest at the US Grant Hotel. Chargers won AFL championship 51-10 over the Patriots.
- '64 My sister Kathi made greatest tackle in neighborhood history. Met Daryl Guthridge in
junior high and
he taught me how to not get rattled by bullies.
- '65 Got cut by El Cajon Pop Warner so I played at Grossmont. Scored a touchdown in a tense 75-14
loss to El Cajon.
Met Steve Hughey and he is still making me laugh. I met Bob Moors and played Pop Warner football
against him and
high school football with him. He was a joisting partner for many years.
- '66 Hit a double off Randy Zinter in front of Janice Mastriana. Played on freshman football team and
about the bench. Won an eight kid wrestle-off as a freshman at 106 at
El Cajon Valley High School for the
being pummeled regularly on the J.V. Art class taught by the coolest lady in school, Mia Gibson.
Jim Vidano and shared a love of music and sports and I miss him every day.
- '67 Summer of love. Somewhere anyway. More bench in football and more pummel in wrestling. Let's not
about baseball. I met Steve Wood through wrestling. He won San Diego C.I.F. titles in his junior and
We were carpentry partners and he was a champ at that too. Years later he bought 14 paintings from
- '68 Voted Most Improved on J.V. football. Told Mom that I would draw the MVP of the World Series for
hadn't started yet and I drew Mickey Lolich. She was mad at me for not drawing Roger. First time to
Quicksilver Messenger Service.
Padres become major league. Ron Santo
Cubbies get hearts broke by the Amazin's. I was on special teams and backup backup halfback on
- '70 Wrestling team took third in CIF. Life changes forever as I start going out with Chris, who was
Astral Weeks. Took Mrs. Gibson's art
and got to help with other students.
- '71 Wrestled at Grossmont J.C. and missed a league match to get married to Chris. Became a gas
working for father-in-law Scotty. Son Silas is born.
- '72 Scotty recruited me to coach little league and taught me volumes. Drafted in the army in the
Met art whiz John McDonald and we spent free time drawing in the barracks. I got discharged with
cholesterol after basic training. Went to work as a carpenter for Jack Files Construction.
- '73 Played my first game of men's fastpitch. First at bat I went down looking at a Wally Pietla
Daughter Meritt is born. Joined San Diego Art Institute.
- '77 Scotty manages
El Cajon Western Little League All-Star
Williamsport, PA and the National Championship with a 16-0 record before falling to Taiwan 7-2 for
title. Kenny Ruiz, Rob Roberson, Ted Gimble, Gary Bridges, Norm and Eric Embleton and I were
coaches. Our players were so tough and clutch. John Osborne, Brett Ward, Andy Hall, Blair Ward,
Lunsford, Brian Dean, Mark Kruzel, Eddie Murphy, Bobby Conway, Rich Davies, John Ricondo, Steve
Archambault and John Moreno who became my teammate years later in men's fastpitch. The whole
once in a lifetime thrilling and that includes all the tourneys that led up to the final.
- '78 Wife Chris and friend Julie slug women's softball team to Spring Valley title.
- '80 Won State Title in
ASA "A" men's fastpitch. Took 5th in ASA
Nationals with El Cajon Rangers in Oswego, NY...19 people in two motorhomes. A little salt in the
- '82 While shopping at Blue Meanie Records, I was reacquainted with an old high school friend named
Randy Reth, an artist who has opened doors to perceptions of art beyond my familiarity.
- '84 Son Silas got game winning hit in title game at Western Little League. Got to see Padres at Jack
Stadium in the World Series. Was MVP of an ASA "B" tournament in Vista, CA for Barnicle Oil Oilers.
- '85 First of five titles in a row in Pacific Beach League for El Cajon Scottys men's fastpitch team.
Meritt made All-Star team for Golden Donuts in Bobby-Sox.
- '86 Became player/manager of El Cajon Scottys.
- '89 Son Silas made Honorable Mention in Grossmont League Volleyball helping his team to the title of
prestigious tourney at Valhalla High School. We took third in state open International Softball
with El Cajon Scottys. Invited by tourney champ Vista Rangers to play with them in I.S.C. World
Kimberly, WI. Road trip with Jeff Simpson and Dennis Newman.
- '90 Started Bwoolsart business. Part Blue Healer
Harriet comes into our lives.
- '91 Son Silas went on a mission to San Antonio, TX. Playing for El Cajon Rangers and I did paintings
whole team. We won the Western Softball Congress and went to World tourney in Sioux City, IA. Road
Jeff Simpson and Dennis Newman again. Finished 2-2 and 23rd of 48 teams. Painted a series of
became Cardboard Dreams sports cards. Coached at El Cajon Pony League that turned out all-stars
Marcus Giles, Alan Leuthard and Dusty
- '93 Coached future San Diego Padres pitcher …
Kevin Correia at El Cajon Western Little
Met madcap ballplayer Mike Newby. That's good. Oh no that's bad. Well how … come?
Well I hit the ground kasplooshy…
Chargers made it to the Super Bowl.
- '96 Daughter Meritt and friend Lianna got mini-season tix for Padres and enjoy Steve Finley and
Caminiti as the
Padres win the N.L. West. Was honorable mention in Beckett baseball card magazine's annual art
contest with a
- '97 Caught 6 games in a weekend twice for the San Diego Zoo. One game was a no-hitter by Dave Forbis
after that a 1-0 one hour and five minute gem by
Jim Flanagan.. My second cousin Jason
Iuli was our
third pitcher and he finished 2nd in the league in strikeouts. Manager was Chris Hamill who I had
EC Western Little League when he was nine years old.
- '98 Managed, played center field made first team All-American and was named MVP of the ASA 45 and
over with 38
teams in Rockford, IL as we won the national championship with the Southern California Eagles.
Brother Glenn got
the game winning hit in the final game. We won seven games in a row on Saturday and Sunday and ended
Cary Weiler, Stump Stilwell and Bob Vanderberg were the aces. Shortstop Dick Campbell made defensive
play of the
tournament diving up the middle to snare a line drive that would have eliminated us. Made 2nd team
in Midland Michigan w/ the Lakewood Jets in ASA 40+. Coached w/ longtime friend Steve Hughey at
Little League and we won the cap division title with Tanner Hughey and Aaron Gagnon leading the
- '99 Repeated as national champs w/ the SC Eagles ASA 45+ in Phoenix, AZ. Made 2nd team all-american
in Minot, ND
Lakewood Jets in 40+
- '00 Was given a chunk of space at the Sports Card Convention in Anaheim by friend Joe Juhasz and
Paul Hornung, Bill Walton,
Graig Nettles, Roman Gabriel, Carmen
Warren Spahn. I had done 30 pen and ink drawings and about 10 paintings of the athletes that were
coolest person there though was Grossmont JC baseball coach Ed Olsen . .
Link Wray tears up the Casbah.
- '03 Daughter Meritt marries Todd. Met Roger and Katherine Zacharias from
Evo Digital at Artwalk and they have
been doing my
- '06 Son Silas marries Amy. Meritt has Olivea, my first grandchild. She is named after Charger Shane
- '07 Played for Deadwood in Carson City, NV to bring my fastpitch career to 35 yrs.
- '08 First grandson, Drew, is born. Danny Zupp turns my hand to ground beef as I caught him in Carson
City on his way to
All- World Team. The Farmers continue to rock our world.
- '09 Painted transformer boxes in Little Italy. Had a six way bypass after a heart attack in April.
Dr. Buehler and nurses
saved my life. Silas, Todd and Kathi ran my booth at Artwalk while I recuperated. Regular trips to
beach throughout the
summer and was body surfing by August. Played in fastpitch game vs. San Diego State women’s team in
- '10 Signed on for my eighth year of San Diego's
Artwalk on April 26 & 27 in Little
Italy. Playing Cars
on the hardwood floor with Drew. Collette and Reagan are born. Playgrounds, Slurpees and The Last
Olivea and Chris.
We lost my brother Glenn to a vicious illness. Amazing friends Chuck Adams, Kenny Newberry and Jerry
beautiful music at his memorial service.
- '11 Grandson Spencer is born. Kevin Correia makes the National League all-star team for the
- '12 My dad passes away. We also lost road buddy and teammate Dennis Newman.
- '13 I played baseball in the Silver Strand 55+ baseball league. We won the spring league with Mike
Misfits and had one of rock ‘n’ roll’s unknown legends, Hugh Gaskins playing left field.
Chris and I had our first white Christmas in Lehi with our son Silas and his family.
- '14 Granddaughter Chloe is born. It was a summer and fall of beautiful beach days enjoyed with our
friends. The regulars were Meritt, Todd, Olivea, Collette, Spencer, Lianna Jones, Jack, Leann and
Fred, Eddie and Erica Nicolet, Daryl Guthridge, Fred’s friend Ralph and many guest stars throughout
including Silas, Amy, Drew, Reagan and Chloe and even Meritt’s pup Lilliana made it to our spot at
at Mission Beach.
Side counter: In my bio, I have brought up many highlights that have happened in my life. To put a
more perspective on things I must add:
- The 1995 ASA National 40+ in Bloomington, MN where I struck out three times vs. the NorCal Merchants
Peter Brown. The last one was with the winning runs on and two outs in the last inning.
- I met Warren Spahn and asked him to sign a pen and ink drawing. He asked, "You do this?" I said
said " It's horseshit". I leaned over the table and asked, "It's horseshit?" He signed it and handed
me and said "It's yours". I was stunned because I thought I had done a great job on the drawing. I
to my booth and realized what a fantastic encounter the whole thing was. There was no sugar-coated
from him and he told me what I needed to hear.
These two examples are as close to the heart of my work as any of the triumphs.