My first self-portrait during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is a dark time for the planet. Combined with sociopolitical horrors and an economic downturn, people are struggling to survive.
The pandemic has highlighted our true shortsightedness and the daily blinders we all wear to hide us from that side of human nature that thrives on pain and power, while we display the another aspect of human nature, that is worse, apathy.
Artist's Old Hat
Oil, 14" x 18", Not for sale
My second Analytical Cubist piece. It is my old hat. One I wore during my plein air excursions, out on a lake with friends, helping to look after our garden, or just relaxing on the deck in the summer. Eventually it got old and raggy, and I bought a new one, but I still like it, and the events that it marked during my life... so it gets its own painting.
The Red Cup
Oil, 14" x 18", Available, Not for sale
This was my first attempt at an Analytical Cubist piece. I have always been interested in this period of Picasso's career, so I studied cubism. Analytical cubism focuses on the perception of objects from many different perspectives, and the objects should of of importance to the artist... they should convey a narrative. The Cup object is special to me. It represents the calmness of the weekend morning and my time alone with Patrizia. We share coffee and talk. It is an important time, and this object grounds me to that time. Its perspectives have many different emotional connections for me.
Mosaci, 14.25" High, Not for sale
My inspiration for this piece was from ceramics by Picasso. It took me a few years to complete this piece during a rather difficult period. Life has a way of seizing aspirations and future plans, and we all must do the right thing. My wife Patrizia was nstrumental in helping learn the art of mosaics, and for kicking me in the butt to make sure I got it done.
"The only thing that is constant is change." - Heraclitus