Month: April 2016

Nothing Compares 2 U

Much has been written in the past week about the music and life of Prince Rogers Nelson, and my own personal reflections are just one in many millions. Something that became obvious to me after David Bowie’s death was how deeply personal the soundtracks to life provided by such people are. The songs represent something unique to each person who listens to and feels them. They speak of dreams, desires, beliefs and memories. Just as importantly, they connect to the context of the times, and to where we were in the map of our own lives when we listened. With all of that in mind, I debated even writing anything at all about my own reflections. But here I am. Within hours of hearing of Prince’s death, my mind was catapulted back to my life in Miami in the 80s. I found myself attempting to articulate what that time and place was about for me. In the early 80s, I was in my early 20s and, in my mind, finally having fun. I was living miles from where I had been raised. I felt liberated from the …

New Work: Chinatown Sky

Chinatown Sky (above) began with a photograph I took here in Boston in Chinatown. I really liked the curve and shape of this building. I thought it could make for an interesting art subject, but sadly, once I had painted the photograph, I just didn’t find the overall piece interesting enough…

At Home: Morning Light

Morning light does magical things. Not just to the objects around my home, but to my state of mind. We’ve lived in this home almost eight years now, and something I’ve consistently loved about being here is seeing the sun come up. I’m usually drinking coffee, stretching or exercising in direction of it. Those first couple of hours after the sun appears on the horizon (which in this case is the tops of old brick warehouse buildings about a block away), it infuses everything it touches in my home with gorgeous light. A mental health researcher who lives in my building recently said, “natural sunlight in the mornings is crucial to improving overall mental health by preventing depression, S.A.D., etc. especially during the fall/winter months.” I’ve long thought of myself as a solar-powered being. Sunlight gives me a sense of wellbeing. But I also just love the way light can look washing over things. I’ve been appreciating the early morning light at home even more lately, knowing that in a couple of years it won’t reach me so early. There’s a …