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Photo: from 2023 Pola Museum exhibit in Japan

The "Blueberry" series paintings began during the COVID Pandemic; they are meditations into luminosity in darkness.  I had also been preparing to write the "afterword" for Mark Rothko's The Artist's Reality (Yale University Press), and I was immersed in Rothko's writings.  My pigment shop owner sent me a sample of a rare mixture of azurite (usually discarded minerals, as the dynamite used in copper mining will char many of the azurite and malachite), and I decided to paint works that have the pure pigments only on Belgium portrait linen.