MOM - BACKWARDS AND IN HIGH HEELS

MOM - BACKWARDS AND IN HIGH HEELS

This painting is from a series of paintings of my mother, Geraldine Clark Hickerson. She was intelligent and talented. She embraced the standard of a woman’s place was in the home that was the norm of her era. Before she wed my father, Mom was a star of song, piano and dance.

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GOLDFINCHES IN THE SUNFLOWERS WITH STORM

GOLDFINCHES IN THE SUNFLOWERS WITH STORM

I had never seen these birds before in Austin. I’ve lived here off and on since 1961. The goldfinches came when I let the sunflowers go to seed. I was too busy to pull them up. I saw the sparrows and house finches feeding on the seed pods so I left the plants to die gracefully.
Adding the the dust storm expanded the poem and challenged my skills.

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SELF PORTRAIT WITH CINDERBLOCK WALL AND LYLE LOVETT

SELF PORTRAIT WITH CINDERBLOCK WALL AND LYLE LOVETT

Painting is my self-indulgent pursuit, my curiosity reaching. It has led me around the world. I cannot not-paint. I am doomed and lucky as royalty are doomed and lucky. So far, I have survived this continuing single minded indulgence. I’m trying to express with paint and shapes something about being human. Not all of it but something of it that is recognizable. To make a gift to share, to help and say “you are not alone.”

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