Musician and genuine artist. Alexander (Skip) Spence was the first drummer for the Jefferson Airplane, then left to play guitar with Moby Grape. One of the very best friends I ever had and one of the biggest influences in my life. Skip Spence was the first person to encourage me to take up the arts. He played any instrument he could get his hands on. Used to tell me "I might be stupid, but I'm not so stupid that I can't play any musical instrument." I applied that philosophy when I took up painting. On the Skip Spence album "Oar" he wrote all the songs, played all the instruments, sang all the vocal tracks, and produced it. Skip Spence was the first, to my knowledge, to do that. I first got into radio to promote one of his bands, I think "The Yankees" with friend Rick Townsend. The classical composer Christopher Rouse wrote a piece of music about Skip Spence and Robert Schumann called "Seeing", based on Spence's song Seeing, and premiered by the New York Philharmonic. This is the best portrait that I painted of him. It's one of my very best portraits, and has hung prominantly in my studio since it was painted in 1982. Skip Spence passed on 4/16/99. Check out Spence in Moby Grape. He's the one with the gold suit and guitar with the bullhorns. It was a custom one he had made. He never played that guitar with the Grape, but I did see him play it with Dr. John at the Fillmore, and that guitar and gold suit personified Spence to me, so I put it in the Grape picture when I did it, a number of years ago. Spence Gallery.
PaulB's Pointillistic/Impressionist original oil paintings of Skip Spence and Rock Music and various prints and poster formats of a wide variety of subject matter by the Pointillistic/Impressionist oil painter from landscape/waterscape paintings, dance, sports, portrait, to classical figures, flowers, rock and roll, Brazil, Skip Spence, and Rock Music and Skip Spence paintings and prints are available for purchase for as little as $24.95 for an 8" x 10" matted print on photo pape. Pointillistic/Impressionist Giclee prints of Rock Music on real canvas or heavy watercolor paper are available. One of a kind Rock Music and Skip Spence embellished prints, which are Giclee prints retouched in genuine oil paint by PaulB. Unless noted PaulB's original Pointillistic/Impressionist oil paintiings are oil on canvas. Paul Berenson's pointillistic/Impressionist oil paintings are in privale collections around the world, including the downtown Los Angeles Athletic Club and have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Philharmonic Playbill. PaulB.com also builds websites and PaulB is a member of the LA Web Professionals Group.