Satre's statement, "All childhood anxieties are metaphysical" illustrates the essence of my intention in drawing children. A child of the 40s, I had endless time to dwell on the mysteries of existence. I was not imprisoned by technology. I rode my tricycle up and down the sidewalk talking to the trees and dabbing their imaginary wounds with pine sap and yew berry extract. I sat alone in the woods at dusk, out of sight of any house and imagined myself at an Indian council fire, and I name each marble I collected. They were my confidants
Dark thoughts were endured. I had time to form my own views and succumb to my own fears.
Today our planet is ravaged and our children are lost in the chaos of constant stimulation from outside of themselves. And our elderly must endure the loneliness of being disinherited from the constants of their own era. Both these contingents of our desperate society move me and I make lines to momentarily alleviate the pain.
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