Leading from the heart, and remembering to do so in challenging times. A wish for the health of the forests, and for all animals that they may have access to humane living conditions . Little wish squiggles of other beautiful things. Topaz, olivine, and other precious gems. A friend took pictures of me in recumbent poses for figure guides. A giant nasturtium flower in the background painted with pigment I bought in Vietnam. Tree saplings on either side of the flower, symbolizing hope for the future. I actually watered a bunch of saplings yesterday, so maybe art mimics life or life mimics art-
For the protagonist in this piece I worked from photographs I snapped of my friend Steve, 65, in dramatic poses so that I could narrate the fairly straightforward title: “He Started To Wake Up and Began Respecting Nature After Thousands of Years Asleep..” 7 ft by 6 ft. acrylic and glitter on canvas. For me, this painting helps navigate current thoughts on environment and society that can at times be very overwhelming, tragic and debilitating: offering up direction in the fray.