2021. Acrylic and graphite on canvas. 14 x 18 in.
It’s interesting to witness someone bonding with a piece of art. As the creator of the work, it can be very exciting to watch the viewer see in the work something that you put in there. It may not be exactly what most excites you about the work; the response always relies to some degree on what the viewer themselves bring to it. But in the best situations, the two of you connect through something in the work that you both share, something you both can see and feel and may never have had another way to express. A connection that the artwork allows you, together, to discover.
The Open Studio Art Tours gives me a unique opportunity to witness that bond develop, right in my studio, in my world, where I create it. There are no intermediaries. No distance. No separation.
The above work, Carbon 7, marked a departure in the Carbon series in that I introduced graphite as well as a deliberate gray shape. Because of that, it took me a while to decide if it belonged in the collection. I made another piece around the same time that included graphite, and ultimately I excluded that one from the series. But Carbon 7 made it in. I liked the expansion it signaled. It felt right.
The person who bought it has purchased my work in the past and, as with this one, seems invariably drawn to the slight outlier, the work that in its difference reveals the heart of a collection. She sees something that I see. It is a wonderful, and very special, connection.