Jase had done serious cycling including a cross country ride. He was an actor and used his trusty Schwinn for transportation around NYC. He'd seen my work hanging at the City Bakery and contacted me. He was diagnosed with ALS and as it progressed his bike let him hang onto his mobility. He was able to ride when he could no longer walk easily. When I met him he had recently gotten an ebike and wanted a painting of his Schwinn. I was moved by what cycling meant to him and honored for the commission.The blog he kept about his life during this time helped me feel close. The image with the heart started as a sketch for his painting. I liked that the drawn bike looked battle worn, epic, a bit like that picasso don quixote. I tucked that pic away for years. Then in the weeks after my brother died I pulled it out and finished the heart shaped seat. I needed the strength of that trusty Schwinn. Sturdy, strong, worn and well loved. Both happy and sad. The image of the bike with the seat has been very popular. It has so much meaning for me I hope it fills that place for someone else too.
News from the studio
My press has been getting a workout lately, experimenting with Kitchen Litho and monoprints. These recent prints are available! They are ready to frame in standard size 12x9" matts, packaged in a cello sleeve.
I just matted some of these prints and remembered how much I like it. The bike is one of my favorite muses, a 1940’s classic BSA track bike, beautiful with wood rims and pinstripes. This quick sketch captures it’s mood and makes a lovely screenprint. It's $25 and ready to frame in a standard sized matt.
It seems appropriate March and April I was out of the studio with my mom in Ithaca NY. I'm sorting out paperwork and warming up in the studio getting ready for when I can spend some serious time in there.