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Leather work shoes 1976
Colored pencil on paper <> 7 x 8-1/2
Brown leather shoe
Oil pastel on paper 1994
|Leather work shoes is a story about my family. I bought these shoes when intuition
said that my parents would divorce. They were purchased in 1968 the summer after high school. My father
paid for family clothes, but I saw something. My parents divorced the following summer
and the shoes carried that tumultuous memory.
Eight years later, in 1976, I drew the worn leather shoes. Although badly worn, I couldn't throw them out until the story was told. The same year an art dealer saw the picture and said 'do them over' <> later I understood she wanted a polished product for sales <> but the story was about buying these shoes <> it was not about art <> perfect or not, the story and the art happened once and never again.
Over the years, I re-drew my shoes several times because of what the art dealer said <> each time telling the art dealer-shoe story, but never the original story again.
Drying socks at home
Colored pencil on cream-colored paper 2001 8-1/2 x 11
Tennis shoes 2002
Colored pencil on paper 14 x 17
Tennis shoes 2000 <> pencil on yellow notebook paper
Shoe and pear
Oil pastel on paper