This piece was created at college. I was feeling lonely, even thought I was surrounded by people. Everyone else seemed to have their own click and having fun, but I watched from a distance. I guess that’s how I felt when I painted these friends playing hackie sack in front of the cafeteria. They were having so much fun, but I had to leave the space in the foreground to represent the distance. The title refers to the general tendency of humanity to be able to be sad even while they are having fun on the outside. It is also an irony found in the clock tower which shows two different times on the two visible faces
This is one of my first attempts at a fine art still life. I wanted to create a Missouri themed still life, with the colors and subjects that one would find in the woods. Although the gopher skull is native to Colorado, where I found it, I still thought it fit and wanted to use pieces of collectibles that I liked. I loved the structure of animal skulls and liked the way that it mimicked the curves of the clay cups and the holes in the nuts.
This painting is done in Latex house paint. I painted it in 2009 while at college. It is 4×5 feet in dimension. It will be purchased by the College of the Ozarks in Branson MO, and hung in the Ralph Foster Museum on Campus as of June 2012. This is my largest framed painting to date! I encourage you to visit it!