Size: 9"W x 12"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2017
Some beautiful flowers in my neighbor's garden inspired me to create this picture.
I hope viewers will identify with the snail as it surveys the giant flowers above.
This is the second artwork that I've done on Arches "Huile Papier" (archival paper made expressly for oil painting).
Arches is a very old French paper company that is probably most famous for its watercolor papers. This "huile papier", however, is made from 100% cotton, and is meant to be worked on by oil painters. It has a wonderful texture.
After graduating from art school in 1975, I was faced with the very real problem of how to pay my bills. Back then, one could only sell paintings through the brick-and-mortar gallery system. That wasn't a promising way to make a living, so I reluctantly abandoned my hope of becoming a professional artist. In its place, I sought out a new career in computing. That was fun for many years, but now -- thankfully -- I've retired from all that, and can devote myself to art-making once again. Today, thanks to organizations like Vango, an artist can reach out to everyone in a much more direct manner. ¡Viva la internet!