Art Fusion: January 4, 2020 Singer/Songwriter James Michael Westbay Benard Ewell

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I am the Dalí Detective who, through developing more information than anyone else, stands as the basis of truth and a model of ethics. After all, I am the only fully independent, disinterested and uncompromised Dalí expert.

As a Senior Appraiser with a 45 year international practice and reputation, I make my home in Santa Fe and travel a great deal. On my Blog I’ll share the story of my first involvement with artworks attributed to Dalí in 1980 (they were fakes) and many other stories about my expert court testimony in numerous Federal and state fraud cases, my appraisal of the collection of The Salvador Dalí Museum, my visits to the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dalí and the Dalí properties in Spain, my battles with the bad guys and much, much more.

I’ll always be upfront and unflinching in my evaluations of the players and their actions. This site should serve as your reality check; your truth touch-stone and your ethics filter. My job is to be the voice you can trust (as I already am for thousands). I’ll answer your questions, provide the most dependable and complete authentication and appraisal services, and direct you to other professionals whom you can trust. I’ll also steer you away from some very bad characters and hopefully save you pain and money.


James Michael Westbay


I have travelled the world as a solo vocalist/guitarist.  I have performed at the Beijing Convention Center for 3 days in 2000. and on several occasions ‘Palais de Culture’ in Abidjan, West Africa where I lived for nearly 3 years. I also used to work a great deal in the Denver area as a solo artist and as a member of the Hazel Miller Jazz ensemble. We opened for Al Green at the Blues and Brews festival in Telluride CO.

In 2010 I started to work in Santa Fe.  I played Friday evenings for a couple years at the now defunct Ore House as well as a myriad of other hotels, restaurants and bars such as the Inn & Spa at Loretto, Evangelos, La Fonda, and Osteria to mention a few.  Additionally I have performed untold numbers of Art Openings/galleries on Canyon Rd and Santa Fe proper. 

I do mostly cover songs, but have written a lot of original material which is sometimes requested in Santa Fe.  I learned to sing from my mother who was a professional operatic soprano. I have a decent tenor range which I attribute to my mother both genetically and instructionally.  I still love to sing in Italian which I did at a very early age with her. That said, I love The Beatles, 60’s-70’s Soul, R&B, pop, and old western songs to name a few. My active song list is around 500+ songs.

I use my Facebook page to inform people of where I am performing.