Florida 1966 - 1969

The Florida years were full of the vitality of youth. The works were spontaneous, sensuous, at times reckless, constantly changing and searching, always reaching beyond the last painting, reaching beyond myself. Yet critics described the work as "mature, serious, a sensitive artist." Only now, with 20/20 hindsight do I know they were the necessary ground work for the years to come, when I believed that maturity would come. Of the many exhibitions or competitions the work was submitted to, I was never able to out-guess the critics, judges or the public. If I had a personal choice of a painting, I thought was strong, that choice never matched the Judges or Critics choice. Many of the paintings were ridiculed by the public, describing them as "something my child could do" or "something from a sick mind." On one occasion I saw an irate woman verbally attacking the judge for giving one of the paintings Best in Show. She was outraged that such "trash" could win any award. At that time I believed all Art was, or should be, a universal language speaking to the affirmative. That it would always communicate. Not so and sadly . . . . "Art hath an enemy called Ignorance." Ben Jonson, 1599
DUNES I - 1966 - 30" X 42" - Oil on canvas.
The First Painting Created in Florida
I wandered around looking at all the other artists' works that were in this…
DUNES II - 1965 - 30" X 60" - Oil on canvas.
DUNES II - 1966 - 30" X 60" - Oil on canvas - In my Florida studio
SUMMERSCAPE - 1966 - 22" X 42" - Oil on canvas.
MIDWEST BARNS - 1969 - 40" X 50" - Oil on canvas
FARM HOUSE - 1968 - 12" X 28" - Oil on canvas
MIDWEST FARM HOUSE -1967 - 30" X 42" - Oil on canvas.
Visually, what I was experiencing was profound and would affect my work to this very day. The Horizon…
DOUBLE ENTENDRE I - 1967 - 42"X 48" - Oil on canvas.
First and Second place winner in painting. The 1967 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival.