Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Title: "There it is before you -- smiling, frowning, inviting, grand, mean, insipid, or savage, and always mute with an air of whispering, 'Come and find out.'"

7.75 inches by 11 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
June 10, 2012


  1. Breathtaking, Matt. If these ever go up for sale, please put my name on this one. :)

    We don't have many guests at our house, but when we do, your Moby Dick art & book are the center of attention.

  2. Thank you Sandy. I had something very different in mind when I started laying down the washes of texture and color. Gradually though, this took shape. It's a bit of an homage to the prehistoric vistas so vividly depicted in the dinosaur books I obsessed over as a child. As is very fitting really for this passage and a book about a journey in the most primal of jungles.

    I am absolutely certain I will be selling these all. I hope to begin with a gallery show of all 100 pieces, but that should not preclude me claiming this one for you. Unless of course (as I always say) some eccentric millionaire with a zen for Conrad offers me six figures for the entire series. Other than that, it's yours.

  3. Fingers crossed for you on the eccentric millionaire, but I'll be here in the meantime! :)

  4. I love the way this immediately evokes the microscopic life that, even now, is invading Marlow's body.

  5. RF, it makes me very very happy that you wrote that comment. I can't help but occasionally wonder what you would think of these as I work on them, which is an odd thing for me.


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