The Band occupied a place in American music which no one else was visiting at the time. With all the musical trail-blazing that was going on, The Band was more interested in what was right underfoot - Appalachian gospel, Cajun fiddle stomps, Bluegrass, Professor Longhair, country blues, the Baptist hymn book, and the '50's rock and roll that still showed its roots (the music we danced to in the school gym under the mirrorball). There's a bit of archeology in every song by The Band, showing its quiet respect for the roots - for the sources of the music. While everyone else rebelled, they turned to their elders and gave thanks.
I am a musician, painter, and sometime writer. My formal study of art was limited but inspiring. My father painted and gave me lessons in drawing, perspective and other basics, and I had a great teacher for one year in high school. Outside of that, I studied paintings and devoured books on painting, colour, aesthetics, and design. I learned that there is no recipe; I think one learns to paint by painting, and the major ingredient is time.
I have exhibited in a number of Canadian galleries, and in one U.S. gallery. My paintings are in private collections in the United States, the U.K. and Europe. My commissions are mainly portraits, but include a mural for an engineering firm in Stratford, Ontario. I participated for five years in Stratford Art In The Park, a long standing juried art show, and continue to offer paintings and prints of blues/jazz themes at concert venues.
My internet exposure includes paintings on the official website for The Band at http://theband.hiof.no. I also sold on eBay, under eBay user name "paintedword".
This blog is my first website.