My friend Paul Belker is a
When you look at these images you've just got to be impressed - not just with the scope of the collection, but with the obvious sense of muse loaded into each and every one of these canvases.
What's funny to me is that the technically "skillful" canvases seem the driest and least personal. The odd, crude, angular pieces seem to convey a real sense of "being in the moment."
It's downright inspiring to see these fruits of these Sunday painters. While it's always a thing of wonder to behold a really committed artist - someone who has given their life over to the investigation of the form and the pursuit of the muse (did someone say Kong?) - it's almost more impressive to see, say, and actuary, or a mortician, or a typist, or a CPA devote real care and passion to a painting. Of course some of these canvases are downright psychedelic, and you really have to assume that some chemistry was involved in the making. When I say High Art, I mean HIGH.