A new self-portrait, inspired by a very small air bnb in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. SOLD. Private collection, Chicago, Illinois. “Self-Portrait, Pilsen”, oil on panel, 16″x12″.
“Self-Portrait, Rilke”, oil on panel, 6″x6″, available at Abbozzo Gallery
Silent friend of many distances, feel
how your breath enlarges all of space.
Let your presence ring out like a bell
into the night. What feeds upon your face
grows mighty from the nourishment thus offered.
Move through transformation, out and in.
What is the deepest loss that you have suffered?
If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine.
In this immeasurable darkness, be the power
that rounds your senses in their magic ring,
the sense of their mysterious encounter.
And if the earthly no longer knows your name,
whisper to the silent earth: I’m flowing.
To the flashing water say: I am.
~Rainer Maria Rilke
“Self-Portrait, Fugue”,oil on panel, 4″x4″, private collection, United Kingdom.
My childhood room. A very dark time. A literal interpretation to be sure. A poignant piece.
“Self-Portrait, Poignant”, oil on canvas, 8″x6″, private collection, Kilbride, Ontario
“Self-Portrait, Acute”, oil on canvas, 7″x5″, private collection, Duncan, British Columbia
To know yourself is to study yourself when you are feeling the most sadness, the most happiness, and do something with that energy.