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And now for something completely different. I've been doing a series of small portraits lately, inspired by my longtime interest in old photographs. Over the years I've done many paintings along this line.
Mrs. Berger was an elderly lady who lived next door to us when I was growing up. I mowed her lawn and in return she gave me shiny silver dollars. She was the last living link in a family that migrated to America from Germany, and when she died my father became the default executor of her estate. I ended up "inheriting" her old leather-bound photo albums. I leaf through the yellowing pages now and then. The faces in those haunting tintypes stare out at me so poignantly, as I realize no one now alive knows who they were; a fate that awaits us all eventually.
I love using those portraits as starting points for paintings. I don't feel constrained to get a likeness (who would know?) or follow the photo closely; they just provide a launching point for my imagination. Studying the photographs I see the obvious shared humanity. But there is a strangeness as well, the remoteness of a lost era and lost culture, that I find equally compelling and interesting to explore in paint.