The Winter Sparrows and the Japanese Ladies. The Story
It is a masterpiece. If there is really a power behind the visible realm, then there is a strong invisible force behind this artwork. It was created by me, and built up by a group of artists and an unknown art lover who had the eye to see what no one else could.
It took me about six months to finish and more than two years to proclaim it done. A carpenter artist friend, Bob Littler, gave me this 24 x 46 white wood panel; it had a white back ground with random scratches all over and nothing else was attractive on it.
First, I hung it on the wall across from my work bench throughout the whole winter of 2000. I look at it every day until I found the image hiding behind the emptiness. I knew for sure it was birds, I just did not know what kind they were or if they would come in flocks or just a lonely one. Everyday I looked at it for a long time, completely absorbed in it. I was searching for shapes and forms, trying to get a grip on my imagination.
One day I got a brown charcoal and started to put uneven oval shapes here and there, and then I put black charcoal on the wood on top of those shapes. It was so simple, so effortless, and so spontaneous. I let it rest for quite some time. When I was sure that all the birds had arrived, I applied oil painting on the top of the charcoal and completed the scene scratching leaves in the background. Two months later, the great photographer, David Spencer, named it The Chickadees. Two months later he came back to the studio to tell me that they were actually sparrows and renamed it The Sparrows. A year later, at the E.T. Wright Building Open Studios on Plain Street in Rockland, MA, a collector approached me to say that she loved my Japanese ladies. I was intrigued and asked her to show me where she saw them. She pointed out the little birds, explaining to me that the Japanese women were dressed in their kimonos going up to their temples. It was a bizarre experience: seeing the two faces of this painting for the first time.
This intriguing sequence of facts, the involvement of all those artist together, and the mesmerized reactions that this image causes, and the stories that it generated humbled me greatly as a person. As an artist, this was a break through ... I was never to be an unnoticed artist. It brought me the admiration and respect from the worldwide art community.
I was once invited to leave a collective art show in Quincy, MA, because the piece was stealing all the attention and the others artists could not take it anymore. On another occasion, I tried three times to get into a gallery in Encinitas, CA, hearing NO all three times. So, I came back with the masterpiece and Serenity and was accepted immediately. I have heard hundreds and hundreds of offer and compliments and at this moment, it is on display at the US Bank of California on 1606 Grand Ave San Diego, CA.