These past two weeks I have been doing the arduous work of refining and completing a large painting. I promised my gallery an image and info about the new work that I will be exhibiting this fall, so it’s been an intense time focused on getting to those details and forming a plan to ensure that I can make it happen. It’s always great to see a work come to full completion—this piece in particular, since I started it while in residence at Jentel Arts. I’m very happy with the outcome, and so here I discuss the ideas behind the work as well as the time and effort invested in making it.
While I was at Jentel, I did try to make an attempt at counting the hours that I was putting into this large painting… It was a lot. Before I left there, I had a great talk with the director about this question that artists always get about, “How long did it take you to make that?” And Mary Jane was perfect with her response: “Thirty years.” Because everything that I have learned and researched and built up in my artistic career feeds into the maturity of the work that I produce today. True! So, if you have the urge to ask this question to an artist, you already have your answer.
And so finished at last! Here it is….