No, not Sir Thomas More, but a good friend and a man who constantly challenges himself and never stops learning, exploring and reaching for more in life. Dr. Charles Laman, or Chuck as his friends call him.
Chuck's accomplishments are many, from marathon runner, mountain climber (he has climbed seven of the highest peaks in the world) and canoe racer to name just a few. An artist an art collector,at age 60 Dr. Charles Laman sold his thriving dental practice in keeping a promise to himself, to focus on things more important in life than making a living. It was time to spend the the rest of his life living, really living and creating. To become the artist he had always wanted to be.
In my humble opinion he had already done more than most could ever dream of in a lifetime. Chuck is one of those "Energizer Bunny" types we all know. He starts his days early and finds interesting things to do. Not one to sit in front of a TV. He is an avid reader and accomplished in a variety of mediums from photography, ceramic pottery, both hand built and wheel thrown, watercolor and scupture. He is one of those people that never stops creating and sees beauty in everything, especially nature.
Nature is something he has in abundance on his 32 acre off grid camp near the Adirondack Park blue line.
The two pieces picture above are just two of several sculptures along the road into the cabin and small works are found randomly throughout the property with many more works in progress at every turn.
This man is for all seasons and continues to inspire, challenge and inspire those fortunate enough to know him.
On Friday June 20, Deb and I attended the opening reception for the "Florida Prize in Contemporary Art"at the Orlando Museum of Art. The event was a lot of fun and we enjoyed seeing a lot of friends and fellow artists. As for the show? Well,not so much. If that is supposed to be the best in contemporary art in Florida…….. Let's just say we were not impressed.
I am not a critic and despite my opinion I encourage all to attend and judge for yourself. The Museum deserves your support. Hey, you may come away with a very different perspective.
We were more impressed with the massive sculpture currently installed on the grounds for the 90th anniversary of the museum. "Quark" a 70 foot tall piece on loan from Chattanooga sculptor John Henry.
"Gold Coast" 48" X 48" acrylic on canvas and canvas on canvas. Available through Gallery on First, Sanford Florida $1,800.00.
I did not realize how uneven the light was when I took this photograph. I will have to reshoot and post a better image.
This recent piece didn't hang around the gallery long. Less than a week I think. Deb thinks it's a tree, maybe on the serengeti or somewhere in Africa. Others see a bird. The funny thing is I had neither in mind as a created this one.
I do seem to see some Erte influence. Must have been subconscious. In any case the collector who purchased this piece really likes it and I am happy it has a good home.
The latest in my ongoing series of circle paintings. This is a theme I have revisited off and on over the last thirty years. I have a few still around from way back and am thinking of mounting a show of these to include some early encaustic and mixed media works.
This piece measures 24" X 24" and is currently available at Gallery on First Sanford, Florida. $900.00
This piece is mixed media on birch panel. It is one of an ongoing series of circle paintings. Very Midcentury in style. The painting measures 24" X 24" and is currently on display at Gallery on First, 211 E. First St., Sanford, Florida. $900.00