I have been asked why restore this painting. To me it is a part of thehistory of art in California and Oregon. I see the influence of economics of the depression. The influence of the 1930′s California style. Also, I come close to my mother’s process of painting. I appreciate her more.
The election day is so close and everyone is so sick of it, yet I can not stop working on painting the goals I hope to see us reaching for in 2014. I see the possibility of being inclusive in pooling all our talents bringing together the division we are so tired of in politics. Over the years, in instance after instance I know how important my husband’s early hands on mechanical experience was to his ability to give and be helpful. He learned valuable life skills Jerry rigging things together on his uncle’s subsistence farm. It prepared him with a sense of how to put together from old trash testing equipment for product development at both Georgia Pacific and Hewlett-Packard. He had a sense of working with hydraulics in developing a hypothermia blanket for Whatcom County Mountain Rescue, as well as for leading in the Trout and Steelheader’s fish cause ways at Whatcom Creek Falls Fish Hatchery in Bellingham, Washington. Then again in Lebanon, Oregon when he was leading a project for turning an old timber pond into a year round recreational city park. From his early childhood experiences he was a confident leader in the installation of a water pump to keep the water level up during the summer. During the process he mentored at risk boys doing detention time. They learned mechanical skills as well as gained a sense of pride in their community’s park. We know that the challenges Oregon and Washington face cannot be resolved by citizens alone or by government alone. We need to work hand in hand and not waste energy fretting about the future and fighting one another.
I had some difficulty thinking of the positive directions our country might strive towards by 2014 but with help from my friends this is the fourth in a series using basketball to visually aid in expressing a political opinion.