I first saw Sharon Maczko’s remarkable work in a book called “The
Harvest of Lesser Burdens” a collection of poems, paintings and
photographs from the 1998-2003 Artists In Residence Program at the
Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. I was given a copy of this
wonderful book when I was hired as an Artist in Residence at Renown
(formerly Washoe Medical Center).
More than a year later I met Sharon at a reception for her
stunning show at the Sierra Arts Gallery. Her impeccable technique
and Western Americana, (my words, not hers), subject
matter seemed a perfect fit for my music. Somehow I persuaded her to
use some of my instruments and personal artifacts in a painting. The
result is “Colin’s Room”.
me this painting is about my interior space as an artist, the
passage of time, and life on the road as musician.
The guitars are a 1936 National Trojan, and a vintage G&L
ASAT telecaster style electric, made and signed by Leo Fender.
The amp is a Fender Tweed Blues Deluxe. On the wall is a
photograph of my father in his studio playing the 1915 Steinway
Grand that is now in my eerily similar studio. The record album
is Duke Ellington’s wonderful piano trio recording “Piano
Reflections” that I have listened to countless times. The tenor
recorder is one that I have had for forty years. The bolo ties,
which I wear for my shows, are a salute to my father and the
Sharon placed these objects in a room from the abandoned
California ghost town of Bodie, now an historical site. The
composition references the interiors of the 17th century master
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