Zachary's formative professional years of painting, metaphysical, and anthropological training were spent in the rarefied and esoteric world of famous Mexican Surrealist painters, metaphysical expatriate illegitimate British Royal Family members, and eccentric academic German aristocrats such as artists Pedro Friedeberg, Bridget Bate Tichenor, Leonora Carrington, anthropologist Baron Alexander von Wuthenau, art patron Baroness Maria von Wuthenau, and British art collector Edward James in Mexico.
He received some of his design training working in the studio of the late Cartier Designer Aldo Cippulo and from the I nterior Design team of the late Mrs. Paul Mellon in NYC who taught him classic Trompe L'oiel painting techniques.
Zachary's first commissioned Trompe L'oiel interiors were documented in a 1971 House Beautiful feature article on the residence of Mr. Cippulo in NYC.
At 24, he worked as a photographer's representative assistant for Francis Grill in NYC; and, soon after he launched the career of Margaux Hemingway that changed his life forever. In return, the Hemingway family invited him to visit Sun Valley,
Idaho in 1975, where he spent a year studying Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, which opened his life to spiritual pursuits and purpose.
Zachary was initiated in 1976 with specific Ancient Mystery School Solar Kundalini teachings by a group of Tarascan Indian mystics in a remote area near Zihuatanejo, Mexico for a 3-year period of time.