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Portrait of Randi, 24 x 24, canvas, 2011. In the collection of R.L.
Like many other commercial activities, the Art Industry is devoted to entertainment... as a way to distract us from our troubles. And I have noted that, again, like many other commercial endeavors, the Art Industry panders to the lowest common denominator. People are encouraged to think that the purpose of Art is decoration, meant to give us a respite from Life through entertainment and distraction. But for me it is much more than that. I can't stand paintings and sculpture that are nothing more than decoration. 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 with wanted poster, 24 x 30, canvas, 2013.
self-portrait, 12 x 16, canvas, 2017.
self-portrait at the sea, 16 x 20, canvas, 2018. NFS
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.
Ralph, 16 x 20, canvas, 2015. Ralph was the best friend I ever had, a life-long best friend. His life, not mine: he died in 2019. He was an ardent devotee of Meher Baba, and the penciled-in words at the bottom of this painting are from Meher Baba: "When nothing upsets you, you are on the beginning of the Path; when you desire nothing, you are halfway up the Path; when Nothing becomes Everything, you are perfected".
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
Portrait of Anne, 18 x 24, canvas. I re-worked this in December 2014. It began as a straight-forward portrait and it hung on my studio wall for a year, but I was never happy with it. This is a much more interesting painting.
Portrait of the Dutchess of Cambridge, 15 x 30, canvas, 2013. NFS
self-portrait standing, 18 x 24, canvas, Jan. 2018
Nowhere to Hide, Be Happy, 24 x 30, canvas, 2009
self-portrait as a church bureaucrat, wood, 18 x 18, 2018.
self-portrait, helpless, 24 x 30, canvas, 2013.
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.