"Under The Bridge" was a painting I originally did some 6 years ago but I reworked it it ever so slightly up for inclusion in this exhibition.
|"Under the Bridge" 2008-2014 oil on canvas 51" x 33"|
|"Hovel" 2012 oil on canvas 34" x 50"|
I'd rather be alone in an isolated cabin than with many people in a mansion. Of course. I'm an introvert. But the appeal of small secret hidden homes goes beyond that. It is an artifact of childhood perhaps. What young boy does not desire a tree house to call his own, or imagine discovering a cave in which to hide out? Such places represent not only secrecy and safety, but independence from the world of adults, the world of responsibility. As such they are not just retreats but access points to adventure, to exploration and discovery. As an adult exploration and adventure exist for me more internally than externally, and so such places are powerful metaphors for my desire to go ever deeper into my own imaginings and intellectual curiosity.