WATSON LOOKING AT A PORTRAIT OF PAUL SIMON
I remember singing along to the Paul Simon's Greatest Hits tape with my sister and mom in the car during the summer. It's just a silly memory of the three of us singing Call Me Al at the top of our lungs. The hazy black and white album cover with Simon in his fedora staring back at us.
Then, years and years later I started listening to Graceland incessantly as I built my fretless P-Bass. And around this time my dog Buckley passed away unexpectedly. I came across the acoustic demo version of Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War, which became my theme song for a while making me happy and sad at the same time.
And so it goes with much of Paul Simon's music—happy and sad, nostalgic and causing me to think of the future… This is as much a painting of that confusion as it is a portrait. Watson was adopted shortly before I made this painting and found his way into the finished piece shortly before it was hung up at The Grind Cafe in Lincoln Square for Thump & Clang (with a side of eggs).