Virginia

A Beginning
1949 - 1963

image001  UNTITLED - 1949 - 9" X 12" - Water color. Every artist has to start somewhere. This water color is all that remains of that beginning. The piece is dated 1949, which would make me all of twelve years of age.  vaplates007  EARLY SNOW - 1952 – 24” X 30” – Oil on canvas  vaplates008  EARLY FROST - 1954 – 24” X 36” – Oil on canvas  vaplates014  SOLITARY TREES - 1955 – 24” X 36” – Oil on canvas 
vaplates013  MATHEWS – 1957 – 28” X 40” – Oil on canvas  vaplates020  MOORED FLEET -1960 - 40" X 24" - Oil on canvas. This work was painted in my small room at the YMCA in the spring of 1963.  It was my interpretation of Puget Sound and fishing boats in the rain. Within days I started to paint in this 12' x 12' room. There was a tiny window that overlooked Puget Sound. I was able to borrow an easel from the "Y" and worked every day.  vaplates022  vaplates023 
vaplates030  UNTITLED - 1961 - 32" X 26"  I was exploring the craft of making pictures, many times changing from representational images to abstract.  vaplates034  APPARITION - 1961 - 32" X 26"  vaplates031  FISHING BOATS - 1961 - 32" X 26"  vaplates033  UNTITLED - 1961 - 24" X 32" 
vaplates021  BEACH SHACKS - 1963 - 24" X 18" - Oil on canvas.  vaplates021a  BEACH SHACKS - 1963 - 24" X 18" - Oil on canvas. I feel this is a significant piece.  It was a first, with the high horizon line and minimal composition.  As a child, on many levels, I was accustomed to loneliness. Visually, what I was seeing translated to deep emotions.  I  saw what, I as a child  had felt.  I found, in the natural world, a human emotion.  In the years to come, this emotion would translate into images of desolation, empty space divided by a single horizontal line.  vaplates018  BEACH SHACKS II - 1963 - 30" X 38" - Oil on canvas