One of the interesting aspects of doing what I do is seeing where the images eventually finds their way. They have ended up in American Embassies in several countries, in magazines and on book covers here and abroad as well as on several CD covers. One was even included in a recent history text book. They have found their way to most corners of the globe, making them much more well traveled than their maker. And in 2016 a couple of images from my Archaeology and Strata series will be part of the annual calendar for the Spanish Society of Soil Science.
It’s gratifying for me to see the work spread out as it has. You hope, as an artist, that your work has a wider appeal, that there is some common denominator in it that speaks across geographic and cultural boundaries. You never know when you are in front of the easel if your work will be anything more than a blob of pigment on a bit of canvas destined for the trash or will take on a life of its own and move on. So to see it move around the globe in some small way is a form of validation for the work, making the next crisis of confidence easier to fight through. And that is no small thing.
Being Sunday it’s time for a little music and I thought I would play a song that kind of jibes with the soil theme of the work here. It’s one of my favorite songs to sing along with from one of my all-time favorites, John Prine. It’s called Please Don’t Bury Me and it’s about as upbeat a song on the subject of dying as you’ll ever hear. Give a listen (and sing along if you know the words!) and have a great Sunday!