Retrospective Talk delivered September 23rd, 2016
Since cave man made hand prints on his cave walls mankind has desired to communicate, represent, create, record and teach. This has been a human trait developing within different cultures throughout history. Using various tools and materials, new and old, expressing mind-boggling philosophies and ideas, these all expressed different creative and evolving cultures around the world. I’m a product of American culture, twentieth and twenty-first century, with a bit of French impressionism and contemporary free-thinking thrown in. America has been a stimulating and impressive environment to live in. Along with the idyllic hopes and plans, disappointments, wars, inventions, explorations, tragedies, (you name it) our society has been able to nourish a world of art expressing our American spirit of energy, innovation, creativity, and celebration of the human being.
I’ve often asked myself – why do I want to paint this or produce that – and often, I can never find an answer. But I do realize that my life is not complete without expressing something, or at least trying to communicate with my fellow humans in this manner. I was blessed and lucky to be able to indulge in my passion with help from friends and most of all from my family. Their encouragement, listening and support made my life-long endeavor to inspire and create a reality, which, I hope, is apparent at this retrospective show.
Some inspiring teachers, my travels, and experiencing such vast history has contributed to my ongoing development as an artist. I am beyond grateful for these opportunities, but especially thankful for the CAE, its director, Steve Sumner, its curator, Vanessa Gareis, its staff and of course Ken Juliano, who has been invaluable with his advice and final presentation skills. Their judgment and knowledge about presenting art work is one of the most important aspects of this endeavor. I am also grateful to my family, all of whom helped me to re-discover many of my pieces that had been in storage for years. They helped me to remember the what, where, when, and why of each piece.
The viewer must also be considered as well as the work of the artist. So, I want to thank you for coming. I believe you are as important as the work itself. I like to think that I can make time stand still for you – sharing a moment which inspired you to take a fresh look at the art piece. I hope it might awaken a memory, an appreciation, a new idea, perhaps an inspiration to produce something outside your routine, a new sensation tickler, a new understanding about something, even yourself. It could awaken a desire to criticize or question. That is healthy feedback for the artist – even if it incites a colorful conversation or leads to the decoration of a waste basket. I would love to read your comments, so, please sign my guest book and spout some feedback!
I am so happy to realize that I will be living practically next door to the new Center for the Arts when they open next year. Evergreen has been the friendliest, most supportive art community I have ever lived in. The possibilities and opportunities for all the arts will grow even larger than it is now. Most artists have retrospectives after they have died, so this is a unique experience that sharpens the joy of living, and I want to thank all of you again for participating. It has been an ego trip for me and I’m already reveling in the afterglow.