The title of this piece “Ornithology” alludes to my friend Eugene’s vocation as a jazz saxophonist. Most fans of jazz are familiar with bebop alto saxophonist and jazz legend Charlie Parker, whose nickname was Bird. Parker wrote a jazz standard entitled “Ornithology”, its title making reference to his nickname. My friend Eugene, has spent a considerable amount of time studying Bird’s music, hence my choice of the title “Ornithology”.
Style wise, this was a departure from the other paintings in the group. I created a fantasy composition compiled from a variety of photos of jazz musicians
This is a painting of me with my tenor sax. I think of it as an old friend. Coincidently it was built the year I was born.