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I created “On The Broken Road Between Reality And Truth” when I discovered that my beloved muse, Deanne Hastings, had been found after being declared a missing person for several days during her trip home back around 2010. This painting contains pieces of a letter I wrote her (reflecting upon my thoughts and what I wanted to say to her at that time) as well as her earrings and some cloth she had left me the last time I had seen her. We all lose our way at one point or another. Keep your eyes open for the spark that will illuminate your path On The Broken Road Between Reality And Truth-
Tragically, Deanne went missing again in 2015 and has yet to be found. It is suspected that she was murdered but there has been no closure to date.
Deanne always called me her “Wings” and is the reason I have them tattooed on my back. I just wish I could have there for her this last time when she really needed me most. I could sense the call was going to come, but it never did, and part of me knew why. I’ve always felt that I failed her by not being there that last time, though I wanted to be and would have been. I think one of the reasons I work so hard is because of Deanne. I always tried so hard to impress her and make her proud. The last time I saw her, she told me she was. I will forever do whatever I can to keep her spirit alive through my creations. She is now my “Wings” and my angel. I love you Deanne.
Deanne inspired a number of my my best and most personal paintings. I keep reminders of her in my studio, including the last postcard from a tribute exhibition I did for her in 2010 that portrays the very first painting she ever inspired, “Midnight Dancer (Take Me Away).” I also have her handprints from her last visit, which she placed on my “10 Year Floor Canvas,” framed and always within view. I will never part with those. The remainder of the paintings she inspired were sent to her family for her children to one day have…happy and beautiful memories of their mother.
Other paintings inspired by Deanne:
Fractured Realities And Dreams Brought To Light
Getting Back To Where I’ve Never Been (Coeurd’aleuer)
You Called Out For Me And So I Came To You (The Dreamer And The Night Terrors)
If I Could Steal Your Pain
As The Caged Bird Sings
Chasing The Gate (Searching For Deanne)
Beneath The Wings Of Free Swan (Deanne’s Song)
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“The Up-Side of Down” was inspired by a 2009 assault and battery that hospitalized me with multiple facial fractures, severe eye trauma, and a concussion. My signature icon, which I saw flashing in my head during my concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.
Featured: On The Broken Road Between Reality And Truth. Acrylic, Earrings, and Cloth on Panel. 30 x 48. 2010. I created this painting when I discovered that my best friend and muse, Deanne Hastings, had been found after being declared a missing person for several days during her trip home in 2010. This painting contains pieces of a letter I wrote her (reflecting upon my thoughts and what I wanted to say to her at that time) as well as her earrings and some cloth she had left me the last time I had seen her. We all lose our way at one point or another. Keep your eyes open for the spark that will illuminate your path On The Broken Road Between Reality And Truth-
In 2015, Deanne went missing again and has yet to be found. She was a troubled young woman but had the world inside her and she made me a better person. I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today without her.
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