Scenes from Childhood

Exhibition at B. Deemer Gallery April 25th – May 20th 2014

My son, Anton, studies piano. Recently he was playing one piece from Schuman’s Kinderszenen, or “Scenes from Childhood”. My step-father used to play this opus, and Anton’s playing reminded me of my own childhood. I saw this as a theme for a body of work: Music and memories, scenes that draw on the past, while not denying the present, too. The result is an interpretive and imaginative series of pastels and oils that contain interconnected elements, just like our memories do. Looking through a window in one work may reveal a landscape that I featured in an entirely different piece. Schuman’s Scenes are strong and evocative memories. In my show I am also exploring the way thoughts and feelings about the past influence how I frame and paint and express the presence of my own childhood in my artistic life.

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