It was at the end of my fifth year of elementary school that I was forced to choose between Art and Music. I remember standing at the bus-stop with Sam Saldivar and discussing it. We could only have one elective, and we wanted both. We ended up choosing Band, mostly because our friend Scott, a year older, was in Band. My public school education never allowed me the opportunity to pursue both Art and Music seriously. As a result, it wasn’t until I was 26 years old that I discovered a passion for painting.
I was sharing a condo with a fellow who took his TV with him when he moved out. For the first time in memory, I had no access to television, and I didn’t want to buy one. As an alternative form of visual entertainment, I started oil painting. My Mom had a set of brushes and paints from a class she’d taken years before. I actually started out painting on watercolor paper instead of canvas! With painting I’ve discovered how to achieve short-term dreams—I’ll get an idea, then I paint it, or try to. I am completely self-taught. My first idea was of an ocean seascape with a huge Sun in the sky. I was just having fun, but I liked how it turned out. Even though it was on watercolor paper, it has still survived to this day (mounted on foam-board.) My second painting was a truly visionary idea. I was admiring a black & white photo in the newspaper (remember those?) of a singer named Anneke. Then I noticed how the image was composed of a dot matrix—black dots on white, white dots on black, and several fascinating connections resulting from the variable size of the dots. I decided to translate the image (on paper again!) using blue for the black areas, and yellow for the white (except the lips had to be red.) At the time, I was painting for fun, so I didn’t worry about how long it would take. It took a long, long time. But I enjoyed it immensely, long after a new roommate arrived with a TV. I used a magnifying glass to count the dots and copy the shape of them. Thus I developed what I later coined “Matrix Pointelism.” It is terribly time-consuming, but it is a very meditative activity, which I find quite relaxing. Years later, when I showed a professional artist my work, he advised me not to market this material with my other work. Because it is so time-consuming, he was convinced I would go insane if the public demanded quantities of it. That is why I invented my alias—Luis Sabor, to represent me as the eccentric creator of all matrix pointelist works. Now Luis is the stage name I use for performing music. Interesting how everything connects to everything else, hmm?