"Madonna" -Oil on Canvas - 24" x 36", painted in 2013, 2014, 2015 - $950
For this painting of Jan when she is first born, I wanted to have a view that is inspired by an ocean front home on the third floor on Venice Beach, California. I wanted to portray her living here for a few reasons ( possibly infinite ). One of them is that in 1978 I first visited Venice with my aunt Sheila, her husband Lee, and my cousin Jason who at the time was a swaddling baby. We stayed with my uncle John, cousins Brendan and Heather and my grandmother; Kathleen Murdock. I remember following after my cousin Brendan while he skateboarded in and around the alleys, shortcuts and walkstreets of Venice, (he was 11 - I was 12.) It was a very influential excursion in my life. I was blown away by the culture of California. We traversed the beach and neighborhood in skate punk fashion ( and method ) and it was my first time away from the east coast of Massachusetts.
I wanted to get a real reference to make the piece and so I went up to a few establishments on Ocean Front Walk to see if I could study and observe the actual environment (interior and exterior). I went to Breeze Suites Hotel and the manager, Robert, was kind enough to show Meshe and I to a room where we worked for a bit gathering the imagery. It was pretty cool because I went back to show Robert a sample of my work and he wound up buying a painting from me!
I began building the painting determined to portray correctly the proportion and look of the actual relationship between the two protagonists. It has been through many stages and revisions until the version you see now. I've always been interested in interior scenes but haven't experienced many that focus on both the interior and exterior at the same time so I'm glad I got to create this piece.