Posted on August 02 2022
Featured image: Graffiti
As an artist, have you ever looked back at or seen some of your older work and thought, “Oh, my gosh that is just awful!” Recently, I had that experience when someone emailed me and asked if a certain piece was my work? Sit was something that I had done in the 1980’s. It was my work and I was disappointed in myself for even signing the piece. The emailer was delighted in getting ahold of one of my works and wanted to know more about it. So I shared with him why I created it and the subject matter of the work.
Soon after, I received an email from another collector who sent me a picture of the work they had acquired. They were excited about the work, as was I. I knew the work, I remember working on it and being very proud of what I had done. It was called “Graffiti.” Graffiti was definitely a work that I learned from. I still use a similar technique and painting style that I developed while painting it. I did this piece in the 1980’s also. The work is unique and one-of-a-kind, and I am proud of it. I have seen very few of the unique works I did back then, I guess folks are hanging on to them.
I have been painting a long long time and there are many of my works out there, some are good and some are bad – there is no question that I have learned from all of them. This was evident in the work I titled “Graffiti.”
The same is true today, everything I struggle with today in my life and in my work, I learn from. And everything good and bad make me and my work what they are today.