Why monkeys? In 1996 Hank Kates, owner of the Gatehouse Restaurant in Providence RI asked me to do monkey portraits for his new venture, the Cheeky Monkey Cafe in Newport, RI. I decided that the silliness of the content had to be tempered by a serious painting approach which is why all that artwork was executed in oils. He later went into business with Merv Griffin on another restaurant in South Beach, Miami, where I spent a couple of months painting and partying. I remain enchanted by monkeys and warm ocean water.