Howdy! Ya know, lots of people ask me what SOGH is. The best way for me to tell anyone is to tell the story of it. So lets do that.
The story is a winding intergenerational one that encompasses my past, present, and legacy. And there are still days I discover whole new layers that compel me to create in whole new ways. SOGH enables found and reclaimed wood to become portals of color and imagination, set in and amongst my hometown of Baltimore with its history and its potential. You see, SOGH is a point in time and space and it sits at the intersections of creation and destruction, rebirth and loss, and the tangible and the ephemeral. It is also the bridge, the sinue, and the buttress that connects and supports all of those things and more. For me it is simultaneously deeply private, but what drives me to share my art publicly and not only publicly but in a manner that is affordable and accessible. SOGH is to enhance our lives. Linking those who have one to those who also become a part of this creation of the art. The story that every painting is linked to. SOGH is my purpose and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you.
In 2003, the one who was more of a mom to me than my grandmother, Red, passed away of cancer. In the two weeks before she passed she and I sat down at the dinning room table with a little video camera and spent our last times together, we said our goodbyes as she said goodbye to life itself. I have those moments forever. In that time she asked me to do things in life as i live my own life. Some things were very straight forward and other things were abstract. I like to say that at that time a sight or something came thru for her. She saw something and was telling me to do it. Ultimately, as she left life, she pushed me in this direction and was sending me on one heck of a life journey and adventure. She named whatever it was these 4 letters S. O. G. H.
When i was a kid I named her Red. She had a red house, a red car, a red beehive hairdo that had fallen slightly thru the years, it was her favorite color. It was clear... she was Red. We had great adventures! We had our laughs and we had are arguments but thru it all... she was and will forever be Red.
.... to be continued