then and now
“It never seemed so far”
oil on paper
20″ x 29″
For the show Evolution I chose to revisit the painting, “it never seemed so far”. This painting was a visionary portrait that I painted of my daughter when I was about 8 weeks pregnant with her in the fall of 1994. My subject was just a tiny embryo in uetero but I visualized the child that I was carrying to be a girl around the age of six. This painting is of that little person. This was my first “girl” painting and was the cornerstone piece that sparked my conceptual journey that has been evolving for the past 19 years. In this early painting I was heavily influenced by Japanese animation and early 20th century folk art.
Fast forward to today. I have painted over 250 works of this girl in “never seemed so far”. She is now almost 18 years old preparing to enter the next chapter in her life. My goal in this new painting was to put design and composition aside and paint the person that I know as my daughter. Neve is wearing a pendant that she wears often which has the word “amour” embossed on it. I found this to be the perfect title for this piece.
(Evolution is a group show opening next month at Robert Lange Studios. The artists were asked to take a piece of art that they did at an early age and remake that piece in the artist’s current style.)
other detail photos of “Amour”