This is the working drawing to my painting String Game. This piece comes from a series of works I began two years ago that were inspired by meditations on relationship. With Brenda and I being at the center of our large family of six children, all of which have strong and distinct personalities that can easily come at odds with one another, we have striven hard to keep our relationships with in our family healthy and open. The lessons we learn within our immediate family we have sought to apply to all of those we come in contact on a daily basis.
Since all people at their inner core are social creatures, we desperately need to learn how to navigate relationships with the people coming in and out of our life with finesse and authenticity because with out these potent relationships we remain in wing clipped lives never reaching our full potential. And yet even as I type these words I can not help but think how rare this actually is in our day to day life that quickly gets mucked up with jealousy, lust, misunderstanding, the wrong words or the right words but the wrong attitude.... It would seem that failure is at every turn in the road of seeking these relationships that we so desperately need. I think what we do then is simply continue to reach out, speak out and get up when we fall. I really believe that our life depends on us figuring out how to build relationships with others that become healthy and strong.