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Perfect North V, Oil pastel on metal, 20" x 16", Sunday, February 8, 2015
On March 15, 2014 Tom was skiing down Center Stage and fell breaking his left leg at the knee. After knee replacement surgery he now takes his daughter to the slopes and paints the hill that took off his leg. Tom is an arm chair expert about Herman Melville and Moby Dick hence it is apropos that he sit and paints the great white that took off his leg and replaced it with a bionic peg leg. Not feeling the lower left of the leg it is like a wooden leg.
This painting represents the highest level of Tom’s work. The simplicity, elegance, size and excitability bring joy to the artist not unlike a good meal after a hard day’s work. What is it with these colors? Everyone plays a larger role. Each one jumps off the canvas as a soldier ready to go to work. Heretofore Tom worked on eight by ten metal canvases but this work went through a difficult passage. On a trip to Columbus, Ohio in the winter of 2015 looking to paint the Santa Maria a replica of Columbus’s craft duplicated by master ship builders then cut apart to be trucked to Columbus. The ship was gone during reconstruction of the Scioto River Harbor. Tom went looking for another view of the river and landed at the Grange Audubon Center. Tom needed an electric outlet to paint and there turned out to be one right next to a park bench outside the center looking at a pond overflow of the river. The canvas never came together. Then Tom took the canvas to Perfect North Slopes to change the painting into the slopes.
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Perfect North Slopes, Oil pastel
on metal painting in Neapolitan style simulated gold leaf frame