Lou has been drawing and painting airplanes for as long as he can remember. This fascination with airplanes, particularly military airplanes, was fostered by his Father, who built solid models of combat airplanes during World War II. Most of this sizeable collection was hung from wires that criss-crossed the ceiling of his bedroom. His last waking moments were often spent gazing at the lines and angles that defined these classic airplanes, and the sun always came up with glancing rays of light shimmering on their wings and fuselages. It was a most effective and lasting form of brainwashing, leading to a lifetime of deep interest in airplanes, particularly military airplanes.
His family has no great artistic tradition. The only other artists in his family (that he is aware of was his aunt, who was serious about her art, and his mother, who was not. But his earliest memories literally are of trying to draw and color airplanes. The desire to create pictures has always burned brightly, equaling his attraction to airplanes.