Artist's Statement: After thirteen years of painting on small canvases for my "One Word Art" series, I wasn't comfortable with larger canvases. Then another artist suggested that I mentally break down larger space into the smaller sections I was accustomed to painting. Although I’m not sure she meant for me to do it literally, I found that I enjoyed linking seemingly disparate paintings on one surface.
On each of the 18x24-inch canvases in the “True Colors” series, one 4x6-inch section is a solid color that gives the painting its name. Though the other seventeen sections are different, they're connected by repeated colors and patterns. In this way, the paintings remind me of human diversity: We're different, but we're all connected.
I chose the name “True Colors” because I believe those of us living during the decades beginning in the 1980s will be judged by posterity not for our technology, our wealth, our art, or our governments. We will be judged by how we responded to first sufferers and fatalities in the AIDS epidemic: those people marginalized by poverty, color, and sexual orientation. It’s through either the manifestation or absence of our compassion that we show our true colors.
We are different, but we are all connected.
The paintings are all acrylic on stretched canvases, 18 x 24 inches.
A portion of the sale of this painting will go to the Jennifer Lyon Breast Cancer Fund, part of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.
Artist's Private Collection
HIV/AIDS assistance organizations that I support include:
Bering Omega Community Services
Thomas Street Health Center
Gay Men's Health Crisis
AIDS Foundation Houston
The NAMES Project