I made these little panels when I lived in Istanbul. My intention was to paint as many tiny images as I could and someday hang them in an exhibition. However, I was spending so much time out in the city drawing from life that I almost completely neglected my studio work, and the only oil painting I completed was the “White Pigeon”. So I took back the the US this single oil painting, a few blank and half worked panels, and many travel drawings and sketch books.
When I began working in my studio again, I decided to complete some of the little panels, and worked on them occasionally in between my larger works. They were intimate and satisfying to focus on. So different from the larger and somewhat intimidating pieces. I completed 6 for the Hüzün exhibition, and when I stood back to look at them hanging on the gallery wall, I realized that they looked like little icons, which linked them back to my influence and interest in early Christian art. This gave them more significance than I had planned, and I was pleased to see other people drawn to them as well.
Since the show I have made 30 more small panels. They are of varying sizes, but do not exceed 7″ in either direction. I intend to take some of them on upcoming travels, and leave some in my studio for future response works. Someday, if I can pull myself away from my travel drawings and larger paintings long enough, I will fill a gallery with hundreds of these delicate little paintings, as was the original plan……..