My Back Pages is one of the smallest of my artworks, under thirty inches in length, and has the least amount of music. Since there is so little music present there is also little in visual interest. That is the reason I decided to go further with my use of words in this artwork. I took what I learned from Lovesong, and in a free poetic style I brought words together from different parts of the music. I deliberately chose words that have meanings far beyond their appearance in the song, and then I placed them randomly. It is the words that connect this artwork. I think this trend will continue because it worked so well in My Back Pages and Lovesong.
I cannot but wonder what would have happened with my art if I had not stop painting in the early 1980’s? Back than I had no connections to the local artist community, and few opportunities to show. Basically, when I started I had a dream, a few art books, and a spare bedroom to paint in. From 1975 to the early 1980s I painted a number of portraits mostly from photographs of family and friends. I than ran out of subject matter, and along with the demands of earning a living my artist ambitions faded. In reality an artist prodigy I was never. In truth the drive and the limits of painting portraits, and the lack of interest in any other alternate artistic genre, brought it all to an end. That was back than: “Ah, but I was so much older than, I’m younger than that now.” Twenty-five years later I found a vision and a genre, music, that offers endless possibilities. The internet gives me the start at building connections, and I now have the time and the money to pursue it all. The biggest difference from than to now is that I finally have the knowledge, the drive, the purpose, the goal, and the ambition to see all this through. As I have said before I am in it for the long run, and I hope you as the reader find this pursuit interesting enough to check in once in a while.
Scott Von Holzen