Oil on Canvas
48" x 48"
It is almost cliché to consider that an emerging artist would spend time in an instructional capacity. I am no exception. I had the privilege of serving as a roving art teacher in the Cleveland Public School System. I developed friendships with a variety of adolescents who had genuine artistic talent. Many of them were also self-proclaimed gangsters. As I toured their respective turfs, I was struck, as so many are, by the magnificent colorism contained in the graffiti. I was engrossed in the symbolism of the various characters announcing future assassinations. War Talk is a representation of that environment depicting the dichotomy between the lively colorism and the deadly message.