Back in the 1970’s after graduating from college, I did a series of “puzzle paintings”. My idea at the time was to explore the different media that can be used to create painted images. So I made three at the time, and was preparing to create a fourth, when my direction in life and art changed. So I packed up the little blocks that I had had cut, and moved out west.
I finally pulled them out of storage some 35 years later. I had already determined that, psychologically, this piecemeal approach to image creation seemed most successful when applied to human portraiture, So when my friend, Anna, became seriously and unexpectedly ill, my choice became clear. I was able to locate a photograph of her that I liked (secured permission from its owner to use it) and set to work. Oil, encaustic, collage and egg tempera on small individual panels. Each panel measures 9 x 12.7 cm or 3 1/2 x 5 inches. The assembled piece measures 44.5 x 63.5 cm or 17 1/2 x 25 inches. May 2011.