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The Thoughts of Youth, 1992 Oil on canvas, 32 x 22
Collection of Les Temple


"A boy’s will is the wind’s will and the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.” This verse, from My Lost Youth by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, acted as a catalyst for the conception of this painting. While a boy, the artist spent many hours alone, observing nature and pondering the mysterium tremendum. As one ages, such opportunities for quiet reflection are often crowded out by the frenetic pace of modern life. This image is both a harkening back to a more relaxed time of life and a cry for solitary reflection amidst the hectic storm of contemporary culture. It was painted from nature on the north shore of Lake Superior using the artist’s youngest son, Andrew, as a model.


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