2002 - 2004What If...
I pull the brushes out
from under the stairs
In 2002, after years of creating complex inventions with hundreds of
developmental design drawings, building prototypes, financing and
preparing visual name branding and advertising programs to take my
products to Wall Street. The money is in the paper. The inventor is lucky
to keep 3%
It was now time to simplify life, honour my mother and return to my
first passions, sculpture and painting. “When I produce a bad painting,
it’s my fault. When I produce a good painting, it’s my fault.” “There are
no longer myriads of middle men that take their piece and try to turn a
race horse into a giraffe.” My mother remarked,
“Richard if you had
started 20 years ago, you would be famous by now!”
As with most artists, space is a problem but using the maxim from my
Expo days, Go Big or Go Home, the first canvas I purchased was 4’ x 4’.
It would not fit in my car. I had return home, rollerblade back to the art
store then return the 10 blocks back home carrying a 4’ x 4’ sail,
against the wind.I turned the canvas 45 degrees and did a painting of
the Lyons Gate Bridge as viewed from the 32 floor of Bentall 3, the
boardroom of my accountants Deloitte & Touche LLP. The painting hung
in their reception area for years.
What followed was a series of sizes and subject matter I was interested
in including cars, prairie roots and global travel referenced by my
drawings and photos.