“Tender Is The Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald” 48x60
“There are bits of Swiss Alps, empty train stations that speak to the loneliness following the Great War, a lone cyclist on a curving upward path, a “necklace” of sparkling houses strung together and visible at night from above, palm trees, edelweiss, head scarves, tasseled beach blankets, and patio umbrellas.
All of these images uphold, and are somehow only fully visible through, the complexity of characters. I tried to convey the clouds of anxiety, depression, desperation, mania, and peace that came and went for men and women of various experiences and temperaments. These moments were real, and they occurred right alongside scenes and emotions of striking beauty and pathos. All in a global culture still reeling from gigantic loss of life.
One of my favorite layers in this piece came when I was listening to the playlist I made to enhance my immersion in the culture of the book… I began to sketch different Art Deco shapes and lines, and then after a couple of hours of experimenting - I painted thin black lines over the existing painting in such a way that gave an additional experience of Jazz Age culture.”