Pink

               
2007. 72" x 60". Oil on panel. Big Red Composition.

 

2007. 48" x 48". Oil on panel. Blue. 2007. 24" x 24". Oil on panel. Elementary. 2007. 24" x 24". Oil on panel. Hover. 2007. 24" x 24". Oil on panel. Leaning Red. 2007. 36" x 24". Oil on panel. Pink Corner. 2007. 48" x 48". Oil on panel. Red Dot. 2007. 60" x 60". Oil on panel. Spring. 2007. 24" x 24". Oil on panel. Three.

February 2007
I recently attended a lecture at the Tacoma Art Museum and realized that Matisse, while residing in France, continued to paint through both WWI and II. For the first time I came to understand the magnitude of what it means to find beauty in a somber time. As a painter I feel shocked, privileged and necessary. At a time when our country is fighting an illegal war, of environmental destruction, and the greed of the privileged is driving more people into poverty, I find inspiration to represent growth and optimism. Perhaps it’s because I’m not in Iraq and I live in a quaint town with luscious trails and access to tranquil beaches. Perhaps it is the result of middle-class, white privilege. Yet I wonder, if guns were firing in my neighborhood would I still be painting in Pink?