Despite reading hundreds of books on the subject, I’ve never had a paranormal experience. I’ve never seen a UFO, a sea serpent, or ghost (holy or otherwise)… Painting these subjects became a way for me to become part of this world. Soon, I imagined there must be other artists, experiencers, or enthusiasts who were doing the same thing as me.
It took several years for me to find a gallery director brave enough to agree to stage a collection of this paranormal art. In 2013, I met Bethany Whitehead who runs the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley, MN. Not only was she excited about the possibility of the paranormal art show, but she showed me YouTube videos of different paranormal groups investigating the Banfill-Locke building (An apparently haunted building on the Mississippi river that dates back to 1847).
The Art of Darkness: Inspired by the Paranormal art show came together like a whirlwind. We even got Darkness Radio hosts Dave Schrader, Tim Dennis and new co-host Mallie Fox to help us judge the artwork! In September of 2014, The Banfill-Locke had one if it’s best-attended art shows in its long history. The Art of Darkness featured paranormal-themed work from over 30 states, Canada, and the U.K.!