John Art Gallery

John Art Gallery

Linda and I grew apart. I painted one portrait in the blue year and took numerous photographs. During the next to last year, I hadn’t seen Linda, until she arrived one night in the lab part of the hairdressing school, where I was studying. I dyed and cut her hair and we laughed at how I was still doing her portrait.

Originally the plan was for me to paint Linda each season for the seven years of her performance and the first few years went according to plan. During the fourth year, the piece took an unusual turn and became more about life than art. I painted three portraits that year, but Linda’s mother Mildred was dying and having become close to Mildred over the years, I stayed by her bedside in alternation with her family. Linda and I would leave each other notes in passing about Mildred. During the fifth year,.

This work with Linda Montano changed the direction of my work. I never attempted traditional portraiture or strived toward a realism I had originally been fascinated with. I used colors, I never dreamed I would. I painted strange poses, working from tiny figurative pieces to 3ft heads. It allowed me a freedom to explore what was possible.