As I continue to work on my Field Series, I eagerly await the reopening of art museums in Southern California. Throughout my career, monthly visits to the Getty Villa, Huntington Museum and Norton Simon (to name a few) have inspired, comforted and stimulated my creativity.
Thankfully, The Huntington Gardens and Descanso Gardens are open with restrictions and I am able to experience the colors, sounds and textures of nature. Each garden provides a much needed breath of fresh air and beautiful, relaxing environment.
The following piece is a work in progress inspired by trips to the Japanese Garden at both The Huntington and Descanso Gardens, as well as some of my favorite paintings from past visits to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.
The next two pieces are experimental. They also are works in progress and are inspired by my need to express joy, playfulness and freedom in my work using color and attitude. It is my hope that with museums and other venues reopening, I and everyone else will begin to feel an actual sense of joy, playfulness and freedom.
The following museums have planned reopening schedules on their websites:
- The Norton Simon Museum is planning reopening phases scheduled for mid-May.
- Two of my other favorite museums, the Getty Center and Getty Villa indicate that reopening phases may begin in mid-April.
- LACMA is scheduled to reopen April 1st to advance ticket holders.
- The Bowers Museum is currently open to a limited number of visitors.
In spite of the restrictions, I look forward to the re-opening of all Southern California art museums.
It is one of the reasons I live here and I can’t wait to reunite with the original works of art and fellow art lovers.