“Invited!” Las Laguna Art Gallery, The 2nd Half (50 and Older) 2021, Los Angeles. My first gallery show was long ago, held during my graduation from Art school, and it energized me for my future career. I earned a “Best Portfolio” commendation that day, and this selection bolstered my confidence as I went out into the art world young and full of hope. So many shows (solo and group) since that incredible day, and every time I get invited, the feeling is adulation.
The work selected for The 2nd Half (50 and Older) 2021
I’m so happy curators and judges are drawn to this work. It is appearing in a handful of national and international shows this year. The work is 48”x90” Archival pigment print on 310g Hahnemühle Baryta, “phygital edition” of 3, includes NFT.
Take the good, leave the bad.
I like growing old, but it’s not easy. For me most challenging component in the aging process is loss. Losing friends and family is brutal and never gets easy to perceive or comprehend. I could write bumper sticker statements about how life is short, etc., but we all know this. So why is it so easy to forget how fleeting the beautiful moments in our lives can be? What permanently bookmarks a memory forever in our life’s journey?
“With age, art and life become one.” George Braque
It is easy to hang on to bad situations, but really it’s like panning for gold. You don’t keep the worthless gravel and slag from the pan. You only pull out the pure nuggets of gold. Why would we want to remember the awful stuff and keep the worthless gravel?
The 2nd Half (50 and Older) show at LLAG gives me a moment to take stock and see the advantage of age and genuinely understand the inspiring quote from the curator, “As we grow older, the maturity and insight life has given us multiply. The viewpoints and experiences of age are invaluable lessons to us all on living life and living it well.”
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