Why is It He Never Looks at Me?
by Gay Pogue
8" x 10"
Acrylic on canvas
In a recent conversation with Carol Barnwell, she asked me point blank, "Why do you paint snakes?"
I referred her to this blog, but I did not have a good 10-second answer to that question. Hmmm.
Needless to say, I have been pondering that moment with some consternation. Here is my first attempt.
"I paint snakes because I can make them what I want them to be--serious, whimsical, religious, spiritual, sentient, or iconic."
Here they represent the human condition. Two beings lie in the grass tete-a-tete, neither able to acknowledge the other.
How often do I pass people by without looking at them?