The Purple Shadow
The Purple Shadow
Oil 12x12 Inches
THE ARC OF A PAINTING CAREER – ROBERT GOLDMAN
As a youngster, I had this great interest in being an artist. The only question was how to do it and what would be the result. My 8 year old brain told me I would be OK as an artist, but nothing great. I had heard that artists mature late, so I figured maybe some success would come in my 60’s.
So how has all that worked out? At the age of 70, I have been at it professionally for close to 50 years. There have been many twists and turns along the way. At least I was not alone, since my Mom was an aspiring artist, my older sister has always been supportive, and I have a younger brother Ken, who is an artist along with my older brother Dana. I have been most appreciative to my wife Barbara, who has been in my corner always. In addition there have been friends, collectors and dealers who have believed in me.
There is an ideal in one’s mind as to what is beautiful, meaningful, and eternal. I have been chasing this vision for a long time now, and the delusion is that it will get easier, but there is always something new and unknown to discover. So when dealing with the unknown, although mistakes are inevitable, they are also productive and essential for growth.
Last August of 2018, Paul and Susan Bingham, owners of the Thunderbird Foundation Gallery asked me to come up with 20 significant and unique paintings to tie in with the 150th Anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers. Paul said this show could be a “Big Deal”, and I believe he was right. I started work in September of 2018, and as of March 2019 have produced over 30 paintings which I feel exemplify and exceed our expectations. We will see after the Opening on May 18th.
In retrospect, it all comes back to that little boy’s vision many years ago. This project has gone a long way toward making that vision a reality.