requiem

requiem

18x24
oil on linen

original in private collection

This grand barn in Middletown Springs, Vermont may not be standing any longer.
It has been gradually disintegrating for as long as I’ve lived in Vermont, and
was dismantled in 2012. After my father died, I knew that painting
this barn would help me heal. He was a man of oversized appetites and overarching
ambitions, and by the time of his death he had become a sad wreck of his former self.
Still, the architecture of his best intentions remains with me, and I wanted to honor
his younger spirit. My father would set Verdi’s Requiem on full blast on a Sunday morning,
jolting my sister and me wide awake — shaking the house with it’s power. For me, that
power endures.

This painting is available as part of a set of beautifully printed notecards