Nothing Really matters @66x72 oil 1983

Painting of Melinda Underwood. I had a major crush on this woman. I didn't understand myself to know how futile this was. She had a lot of guys crazy about her. I moved her home and met her mother who was a charismatic Christian. It was all very sad. Her dad had passed away a few years earlier and the whole family was still grieving. Mel would quote a saying, which is recorded in the painting...Nothing really matters save my future chances at happiness or wretchedness. I love including personal verse in paintings of portraits when appropriate. A few years later I would begin to paint word paintings without representation. Mel is posing in my graduate studio at ETSU. The chair is the same as in my self portrait at the time.

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