This painting was the first of my boats and the first of my new years resolution last year. Last January I resolved to get back in the studio and paint like "a real artist." I made a plan to create 3 works a month, one large and two smaller works. I stuck to it, though some of them turned out terrible and I did not publish them. Others turned out better that I thought they would. I am amazed that a year later, looking back, I created so much work. Some months were better than others, as I expected, but I never thought I would have enjoyed it so much. I am still working on my boats and letting the wood grain dictate a lot of the way the paintings go.
I get asked all the time now, "So..... i guess you really like boats." To which I respond, "Yes! I love my boats!" I love the narrative of these little vessels that can take us anywhere in the world we want to go. They help us release from the shore and guide us to places we never thought we would venture to, or they can bring us right back home at the end of the day, nestled up to the one we voyage with. This series has been a wonderful reflection of the way that life can sometimes make us want to sink into the depths of despair as well as rise up to the occasions we are given, or help lift others up out of whatever they are facing. I see these boats as my family, my friends, and my subconscious, letting the surroundings influence them in their directions they take. Sometimes they are connected and other times they are separated as we often feel with our connections to each other. So, here is to another year making discoveries and letting things happen that you learn to love.