Portfolio > Magical Realism: Oils / Poems

rock climber hanging, strong impasto strokes, magical environment
Be Secret and Exult
oil on canvas
88 x 36"
2003

Be Secret and Exult was painted in response to Maj Ragain’s poem, “Be Secret and Exult – after a line by Yeats”, narrative verses contemplating a parent's desire to both protect and encourage fearlessness in their child. I have struggled with my son’s interest in rock climbing. This painting seeks to feel his strength through my strokes. My fear hides in the surrounding spaces: Icarus is nose-diving, a kayacker falls off the rapids’ edge and ace pilots dart and dare