Ok, not James personally. But his art is!
“I Remember You”
24×36″ acrylic on canvas
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When I was first approached for this project, I admit I didn’t know Amy was still active as a recording and touring artist. My lasting impression of her career is from 20 years ago. That’s when my wife and I married in Nashville and began our life together.
In conversation and research, I found Amy’s life and my own to orbit Nashville. It’s our creative home, muse and spiritual wellspring. So much of what is good in my life would never have come to be if not for this city. The challenge was how best to convey this feeling of parallel growth in the context of my work while relating to the song’s title and meaning.
Abstract painting is, by it’s very nature, sometimes difficult for audiences to relate to. My own personal views of working on a new painting are that it’s a solo improvisation for an audience of one. I begin with a theme and begin deconstructing that in the same way a musician rearranges notes of a melody to form new phrases and variations. In Amy’s case, the larger theme of Nashvile dictated two dates above all others: 1967 and 2000.
In my painting, two central figures are connected. The left if Amy with a date of 1967 – the year she first moved to Nashville. She is reborn that year. Her life is upside down. The right figure is Vince Gill, who she married in 2000. Throughout the painting are glimpses of moments from their lives, felt more than seen. The fields of color always suggest time for me, like a view from a car of the passing countryside. Colors are largely assigned to Amy and Vince. His is darker, providing a contrasting foundation while hers suggests spring and new growth. Texture and sweeping arcs are paths taken.
Admittedly, the central image is an iconic one for me personally. In a series of paintings by Marc Chagall, he celebrates his undying love for his wife, Isabella. Chagall continued painting images of his wife long after she passed away. I named my youngest daughter Isabella and have painted us and now Amy and Vince in a similar pose to suggest the timelessness of true love.
I will remember you, always. My life is richer for having spent it here, with you by my side.