Thursday, October 15, 2015


Self-portraits As A Form Of Personal Inquiry

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Shiva's Half-brother in Arizona. Oil on wood. Diameter: 24 inches

If a picture is worth a 1000 words, by the time you have scrolled down this page, you will have absorbed an over 6000 word essay! (Talk about speed reading!)

Who is that? What does it mean? I keep trying to narrow myself down, but like Walt Whitman, I keep discovering multitudes. That's sorta scary. But I keep looking anyway. Am I  an artist? A blogger? Technical writer? Copywriter? Editor? Poet manque? Critic? Husband? Son? Consumer? Friend? Citizen? Client? NM Interiors employee? All of the above? Or merely some of the above? One at a time or all together?

If some artists make self-portraits as statements - say Rubens -, others make them as inquiries - think Rembrandt or Kaette Kollwitz. Sure, I love Rubens as much as the next paint addict. But most of the time, I think I fall into the inquiry camp.

Anyway, if you see another way of parsing the issue, send a portrait with a clarification.

2014 - 2015. Oil on canvas on
board with cloth and glass tiles. 12 x 12 inches

Mixed media on paper. 24 x 18 inches. 1981
Oil on canvas on board. 8 x 8 inches. 2015

Metaphysical Self Portrait. Acrylic on wood.
16 x 20 inches. 1993

What can this drawing say.
 Crayon & paper w/ cut-outs. 18 x 24 inches. 1991

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