Artist in Residency with Cancer Treatment
I am presently in Houston, Texas and have been here for 5 weeks now, having arrived on my birthday, July 19. The purpose of coming here is 8-weeks of proton radiation for prostate cancer at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Rather than be idle for the 8 weeks, I decided to turn the stay into an Artist in Residency with Cancer Treatment.
For this Artist in Residency, I have two goals: First, to learn further about the creative processes of Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn and read what they have written about their methods as well as materials by those authors who have become experts on them. And, second, I will explore in oil pastels and drawings the Moroccan experiences I had during the years when I lived there (1967-1972), when I returned as a practicing artist in both 1986 and 1987, and when I returned in 2019, after 30 years, to create sketches and watercolors directly on site in the cities of Rabat, Meknes, Moulay Idriss, and Tetouan. The basis for this is to build on the body of works I have already created and, now, adding to that exploration ideas gleaned from Matisse and Diebenkorn.
View of Notre Dame, 1914. Oil on Canvas, 58 x 37 1/8 Inches.
Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Ocean Park # 79, 1975. Oil on Canvas, 93 x 81 Inches.
Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA