I recently discovered a box packed with eight art originals from thirty to thirty-five years ago. I didn't exactly stumble over it; I set out to find it as I knew it was safe in a back room or a closet - I just didn't know where.
I've written about my Uncle Dan elsewhere on this site so I won't repeat all that here, but I will repeat that he was the one who inspired me start working on carefully composed pieces that could be displayed rather than just drawing pictures in notebooks and never getting past the sketch pad. I've made a good living with my art since that time, and his absence is felt every time I sit down to draw.
To work out my grief following his death, I penned this piece and titled it "Dancing on a High Wire" - after an Alan Parsons Project song by the same name. The piece portrays many scenes of turmoil and loss, and includes little tributes to Gerald Scarfe (my favorite artist), Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons Project, and many more. There are many hidden details - the Pink Floyd "marching hammers" are actually marching piano tuning hammers, to match the "keyboard arms" on the left side.
It's not my place to explain this piece, but I thought I would share just a bit. It's a very personal piece. After thirty years, it was finally framed today for the first time and will now be prominently displayed in my living room so long as I remain alive on this planet.
Thank you for looking.
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