|Strawberries, 10"x10" (25.4 x 25.4 cm), oil on linen. 2011|
Since so many of my paintings derive from seasonal impressions, they may seem out of tune with the time when released. Like this one, for example, painted during the last year's strawberry season and released now, as we are still waiting for the next one. But then, the expectation of a strawberry season, intermixed and enriched with memories of all the previous ones, might be a better time for a painting like this.
After all, although this still life has been painted from life, with real strawberries overflowing both the bowl and the canvas in direct summer sunlight, it also carries the childhood memories, when strawberry seasons marked the beginnings of eternal summers ahead (aren't the summers always eternal when we are children?), and strawberries tasted and smelled of sunshine and infinite vacation.