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Portrait of Randi, 24 x 24, canvas, 2011. In the collection of R.L.
Like many other commercial activities, much of the Art Industry is devoted to entertainment. People are encouraged to think that the purpose of Art is decoration. But for me it is much more than that. What is Art for me? Well, it is difficult for me to express. But when I see some piece of Art that really speaks to me, the experience of it wells up from the very depths of my being. It is not merely a visual thing. I wish I could say what it is... I can't. But I do try to paint it. That is how I express it - through paint. Just as Vincent's paintings of regular people and scenes were ALL attempts to express the Divine, that is what my pictures mean to me. My portraits of people are, for me, not just pictures. Rather they pose the question, "Who is this person really? What is this person? Because there is something there beyond the facial features, beyond the fact that they are humans, mammals, animals. What is behind those eyes?" That is what I am trying to find out.
portrait of Laura, canvas, 15 x 30, 2011. In the collection of L.L.
self-portrait, 12 x 16, canvas, 2017.
portrait of Jack, canvas, 16 x 20, Aug. 2019, collection of J. F.
self-portrait: feeling weak and small, canvas, 18 x 24, June 2020.
David with frame, also painted by meself! The writing on the frame reads as follows: "Friends, treat others just as you would want to be treated. Be kind. Do not be selfish. Selfishness is the cause of so many troubles. Love one another. Love is the answer." Collection of D.G. The painting itself is highlighted elsewhere on this page.
the old folks at home, 18 x 24, canvas, Nov. 2020, NFS
self-portrait in loft, wood, April 2021. I am still "looking" at this one. Sometimes I feel like I ought to even my lines up and smooth out the color... except that is just not my style. I do not labor over details. I "draw" the scene as I paint it, never using a pencil, for example, beforehand and filling in the colors as if doing a "paint-by-numbers" picture. For the most part there is not a lot of editing - I just leave whatever the paint gives me initially. Some people accuse me of being lazy or sloppy, but for me it is not the details of my paintings that are important; it is the overall effect.
Portrait of Anne, 18 x 24, canvas, Dec. 2014
Portrait of the Dutchess of Cambridge, 15 x 30, canvas, 2013. NFS
self-portrait standing, 24 x 28, canvas, Jan. 2018. Most of the writing at the top is illegible, but what you can read says, "Fellow travelers, treat others just as you would want to be treated. Be compassionate, not selfish. Selfishness is the root of all our problems. Love is the solution. Love one another."
Nowhere to Hide, Be Happy, 24 x 30, canvas, 2009
self-portrait as a church bureaucrat, wood, 18 x 18, 2018.
portrait of Nicholas, 15 x 28, canvas, 2011, collection of N.L.
David, 14 x 18, canvas, Nov. 2020. The writing, in Sanskrit, is from the Yoga-sutra, sutras 1.2 and 1.3: "Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind. When this happens the seer rests in its own essence." Collection of D.G.
the empty-nesters, 24 x24, wood, 2016
Annika, 18 x 24, wood, 2018, NFS
self-portrait, wood, 24 x 24, 2016
self-portrait as the old painter, 18 x 24, canvas, Feb. 2021. I thought I had completed this last November and so it is signed 2020, but I decided a month or two later that I had to rework it a bit. I only wish I looked as dashing in real-life as I do in this painting. NFS
Trouble by day, 11 x 14, canvas, March 2021, NFS
portrait of an imagined woman, 9 x 11, cardboard, March 2021
Love me, 9 x 11, cardboard, April 2021