There was a call to artists to submit mural proposals at the Old Town School of Music in Chicago and I wasted no time trying to come up with something. But rather than try to reinvent the wheel I decided to fall back on my own images. I had always wanted to see what they might look like if I could cut them up and collage them back together again. This proved to be a perfect challenge for me to hone my limited Photoshop skills. Here are a few examples of some of my experiments. Below is the letter that I included in my submission. It explains the intention behind my selections.
Music plays a key component in my life not only as musician but as a visual artist. It is often an indelible presence in my work. Music uses sound to create a mood and instill an emotional connection. I use the figure as a point of departure. Just as music can bend reality, I refer to the figure in less literal terms as well. I see the subject of the mural as another form of theater where the figures become characters in a mysterious tableau whose meaning is left entirely to the observers to explain, describe, and, most important, question.