Friday, January 21, 2011

The Starting Point: A Painting I Nearly Killed

54th and Bayfront, below, is a big -- 48" square -- painting I made back in 1995, from an image I'd had in my mind for years by then.

I still have this restless energy in my work, and the love of color, and the horse as a symbol for all the conflicting power/motion/fear/courage involved in building a life.

Strange but true: at one time I wanted to destroy this piece. In 1998 a good friend of mine plucked it out of the dumpster where I had tossed it. Want to hear the whole story? It'll be part of my talk at Robbin Gallery this Sunday, the 23rd, at 5:00 p.m.  Hope to see you all there.


  1. I love it and can't imagine anyone throwing it away, especially not the artist. Can't wait to see the show.

  2. Thanks, Lauri. I love the painting now, and have purposely been going back to the innate boldness I had then, before I somehow (from art school, I suppose) got the idea that my natural way of doing things wasn't good enough.

    I'm glad I went for the art degree, but as with most things there's a process afterward of sifting out what works for you from what doesn't.

  3. Wow! This piece really rocks! I'm glad your friend unkilled it for you. I hope to see more of these in your near future. Just wow! It's one of those I'd hang on my wall. =)

    I'm glad to see that boldness coming back cuz you must be who you are in your art. Just two painting instructors in college made me feel totally inadequate. I'd never felt that way before them or since. I will add that you played a key role in that.
    Thanks. =)