Symphonic - This banner was displayed during the "Symphonic" tour. It was the first time that a background was incorporated.
Lawn Mowed - This image is the original design which was created using the Windows Paint program. It was later painted as a banner, however, I gave the banner away prior to taking any pictures of it. This design was inspired by the "color-field painters" such as Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko.
Cactus - This banner was displayed in 2002 during the "Full Circle" tour. During this tour, on August 7, Mayor Street of Philadelphia presented YES with the Key to the City.
OM - Displayed in 2004 during their "35th Anniversary" tour. The "OM" symbol is a word/term from an ancient Hindu language called Sanskrit. It is usually recited prior to, as well as, after meditation sessions. Although there are many variations of this symbol, it often appears as what looks like a "3," followed by a backward "C," above the C is a horizontal dash, and above the dash is a dot. The verticle dash was added to signify the number 35. The beautiful little girl is my daughter Hayley.
Work in Progress - The "H" obviously represents Andy Warhol. The "O" from Roger Dean's "Fragile" album cover (take note of Jon's signature). The "P" represents Pablo Picasso. And lastly, the unfinished "E" from my "Lawn Mowed" banner above. This was displayed during Jon's "Work in Progress" tour. Get it? - unfinished "E" - work in progress?
Hopi - Much of the merchandise associated with this tour incorporated the image of a Scarab. I'm not sure how the Scarab image was associated with YES music, there was no new album/CD released at the time, nonetheless, I needed a theme prior to the start of the tour. I felt the urge to attempt something that would be remininsent of Native American art and culture. This was the end result.
Liverpool Drawing - Prior to attending Jon Anderson's concert in Liverpool, I would be visiting Stonehenge in Salisbury. Salisbury is known for its Crop Circle activity. I wanted to incorporate that influence into the Liverpool banner. The drawing above is a result of that influence. I also wanted the banner to be colorful, so I had to think "out of the circle," so to speak. Below is the finished product.
Liverpool - Displayed during the summer of 2009. Jon did about 8 shows in Europe. When I heard that he was performing at the Liverpool Philharmonic located on HOPE Street, I had to be there!