“Heaven to Thank, Hell to Pay” is one of the most ambitious works of art I’ve ever made. The sketching, concept, and ultimately finished piece all originated from an idea of having the viewer interact and take care of the art. I didn’t want to create a simple triptych or diptych. I wanted there to be a “reason” for the collector to have to view the work a reasonable amount of times throughout the years.
Oil paint is alive. Little bits of raw pigment are suspended in linseed oil that present a hue. The pigment mixed with the oil never really dries. The surface may be dry to the touch but underneath the pigment and oil remain alive. Paintings exist in The Getty Museum from hundreds of years ago that are STILL alive. My preferred medium is oil paint. A natural correlation for me was to use something “alive”…I looked at many different elements but ultimately kept coming back to a plant. More specifically a succulent. A cactus can live for 150-200 years (in some houses 1-2days!!!) A succulent can age with time just as a pigment can age in time…that is about the time I had my “ah ha” moment with this piece. If the original plant associated with this dies, the entire piece will be destroyed. Not only will the piece be destroyed but I will incinerate the art in the EXACT spot that Gram Parsons was burned in Joshua Tree. The patron of this piece must be FULLY committed to keeping the piece alive. I thank you for reading this and look forward to working together to keep this work alive for many years to come and add a TRULY unique piece to your collection.