My artistic mentor was my father, O.J. Watson. He was a talented and successful NYC illustrator in the 1950’s & 60’s before moving the family to Los Angeles to continue his commercial art career. My spiritual mentor, Barbra Ammon, was a very dear friend who I had studied with for over 30 years. Together, we had the opportunity to experience Benedictine Abbots and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. These two major influences in my life passed away in 2016 and have combined to inspire my latest work.
This series, this year’s work, portrays the transformation that has taken place within me. This series, as a whole, is a summary of my experiences that I’ve tried to present in the most elementary way possible.
Two distinct components, a triangle and a square, are combined to transcend their inherent symbolism. A simple depiction of a house, the structure we live in, represents for me a soul in a body. Something confined or contained, yet retaining its connection to the unconfined and the eternal. The "Our House" series is a metaphor for this uniting of the soul with the body.
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