2018 Visual Arts Exchange Gala
Raleigh's Visual Arts Exchange (VAE) will have its annual Gala Saturday, February 10, 2018, 6:00 p.m., at the Marriott City Center. I donated this painting "Come What May" to the auction.
For me, this was something completely different. I have heard it said, “Don’t paint unless you have something to say.” I’ve never heeded that. Instead I either go for idealization of something I find beautiful, or something curious, or just interesting forms and color combinations. But it seems that for the two days I worked on this painting, I had something to say. Here is what I wrote about it in my submission to VAE:
" ‘Come What May’ is a semi-representational painting that started without plan as an intuitive piece but, in the end, depicts advancing fire. Undoubtedly, California's apocalyptic fires influenced me subconsciously. Metaphorically, the image hints at apprehension about our nation's uncertain political future and our world's alarming environmental future. The calm blue sky in the top right of the painting demonstrates what we have to lose, and represents hope that we will be spared. The title “Come What May” sadly signifies our horror at our considerable lack of say in determining the future.”
But here is the back story: Despite having the flu shot, I caught the flu this week in a most unusual way. I had none of the usual symptoms. It was all in my right eye. I spent Monday and Tuesday with my right eye in searing pain. The ophthalmologist said there was no medicine available for the pain, except Advil, and no cure for my condition. It was a virus and would have to work itself out. On Wednesday, the pain level went down significantly. Wearing at times a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses – inside my house – due to my light sensitivity, I worked several hours on the painting. On Thursday, feeling much better, I put on the finishing touches.
So here is the question. Did these messages find me in this painting because:
a. too much cable TV?
b. my flaming eyeball?
c. the actual state of our country and the world right now?
I painted this 30 x 40 oil over acrylic in my aboriginal-inspired style for the law firm of Nichols, Choi and Lee in July 2017. The law firm threw a little office party for the presentation of the painting and the hanging of it in their conference room.
Participating in the Roundabout's ArtItUp! sale in October of 2016 with my able assistant Jack Nichols.
In fall of 2017, I was among six artists selected by ArtSpace of Raleigh, NC to be in the three-month "Corridor Exhibition." Nine of my paintings were in the show.