My art is inspired by…
Mostly self taught. I never intended to be an artist. It just became a necessity. I took one beginning painting class for therapy after I started getting chronic headaches. Doctors and self-medicating was not helping. What did I have to lose? I had not even taken art in high school. Creating art has given me positive goals for the future.
My Art is trying to capture the subliminal ironies and absurdities of events, words, and things, real or imagined. This is for my need of comprehension, and my need to create beauty with an alternate reality. To share this is also desired.
“Cyclone Mind Violet”, is about some of my experience of dealing with chronic headaches. It
represents those times when I’m having problems with balance, anxiety, vision blurriness, and intense pain.
“Oblivious Beaver”, is about a beaver swimming two feet away from me and it not knowing it.
I live a few blocks from the Des Plaines river. Some times at night I go fishing for catfish.
To get to my fishing spot I have to cross a fairly busy four lane road, step over a guard rail,
and straight down a steep embankment. Ten feet down are concrete steps going to the river.
These steps follow the bend in the river for about fifty yards. I think these are for erosion control,
seeing that the river is so close to the road. I usually stand one or two steps from the river.
One night all of a sudden something was swimming along the bank ten feet down stream heading
toward me. In surprise I turned on my light said, “who’s there”, and it dove under and disappeared.
Now I was curios as to what the swimmer was .An otter? A beaver? I did not get a good look.
Months later I spot spot the critter coming when it is further down stream. Patiently I wait as it
swims by me, under my fishing pole and line. It’s a beaver! Then wondering if it was just ignoring
me I yell, “hey”, and it dives. So obviously it was oblivious to me. Next time fishing I hear a beaver
slap its tail on the water, and the I see ripples in the water heading toward me. They stop five feet
away. The beaver was feigning a charge at me under the water. I guess it did not like our last
encounter, and was letting me know that this was it’s turf.
“Reverse Embrace”, is about having left a painting hung on a bar wall, and having remorse for being
a bad parent. The next day I made a painting that represents me embracing the one that I left in
the bar, to release my guilt.
“The Last Human II”, is about how it would be to be the last human on earth. You could dig your grave but no one would be there to bury you.
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