Tomato on Green Dish, 2006, oil on panel, 8 x 9 inches
It's been a while since I finished an actual painting. What can I say, my work takes time to develop and I must say I like it that way. I have been working on other things but don't seem to finish them. I guess I was starting to get bored of what I was doing, but about a week and a half ago I started this painting and enjoyed the process. This piece is a tribute to a man who has influenced my work deeply; a great man, but first and foremost, a great artist. I met Stephen Brown in my spring semester of freshman year in college and from the beginning he saw potential in me, which caused him to push me harder than the other kids in the class. At that time I thought he was picking on me, but now I know why he was doing it and for that I thank him deeply. Didn't get to work with him again until my senior year, and he still pushed me. Recently I found out through a website that he had suffered a stroke which caused him to stop painting. Here's a link to a letter he wrote to a friend.