When I was in my senior year of college a lot of my friends were getting married, and I started to complain to my friend Amy that I was feeling low since I didn't have a boyfriend, much less anyone I wanted to marry. And Amy set me straight, "Mary, the guy you are going to marry isn't here. He's probably at Harvard or MIT. And you don't want a boyfriend, you are getting ready to move." And in just a few sentences I completely chillaxed. Love that Amy. Well, he wasn't at Harvard or MIT. He was at Southern California Institute of Architecture, and two weeks after I moved to Los Angeles I met him. And later when Amy asked him how he knew I was the one for him right away he said, "When you've been looking for something for a long time, you know what it is that you want." Aww. Love that David too.
This is the companion piece to "You Are Not Here," in which I included part of the map of Middle Earth from "The Hobbit" which I was reading to my son at the time. The focus in this painting, however, is clearly the dog and "you are not here" seems to be his thoughts as well. I think both of these painting are also cautionary to the fact that we might be missing the present moment with our anxiety about the future. But you know, I get it. I really, really do.
Prints available for both paintings here.
And I'll be at the Fringe Annual Show at Graphite Gallery this Saturday April 9th from 7-11. Graphite Gallery is located in the OKC Plaza District at 1751 NW 16th Street.
Much love, Mary