Great American River 2
2005 – Oil on panel, dimensions unknown
BEAUTY In the midst uncertainty and fear. My daily post of one image of beauty to counter the currently overwhelming fear narrative.
GREAT AMERICAN RIVER 2 (2005) – I’ve been a follower of the Hudson River Valley School of painting since I took my first foray into the exploration of beauty. The paintings that emerged from that school are among the best landscapes ever painted. I imagine the country that those masters stood before, how grand and unsullied the land still was. Gazing at those paintings, inspiration came easily and viscerally. The paintings I produced that followed those moments were trying to capture what I’d felt. “If only I could create in my work, what I felt in theirs” I thought to myself. And now, I live next to a beautiful river and look down upon it as I did earlier today, with my guitar on my lap and iPad at my side. I see how the colors and tones change throughout the day as the light moves and shifts across the many small valleys that enfold it. In my life, inspiration has been an emotional adventure to an encounter with the ‘REAL’ thing. There are moments when I am utterly bewildered to find myself living next to and gazing at what I have painted so many countless times. But deep inside, at my very core, I understand that manifestation is a journey and it starts with inspiration followed by action. Then repeat, repeat, repeat….And watch it unfold.