“Hold On” 36X36 Oil on Board.
#37 in the Robot series.
This painting depicts the circle of life. In life, everyone you meet leaves a mark on you. Some are good marks, some are bad, but everybody and everything leaves a mark. The taller robot is weathered, rusted, and marked by the life that has been lived. Just a glance indicates the robot has been “out there” working hard, battling for its place in the world, and no matter how it tries to hide it, the empty gauges, the scars, scratches, rust, and oil leaks silently tell the story to anyone who bothers to look. The smaller robot is obviously newer and less experienced in the world. The gauges and dials indicate that it is still full of the things that make childhood a wonderful, amazing place. The adult robot clings tightly to the little robot with a vice-like grip, protecting and nurturing as it adapts to the ever changing world. All the while, the little robot clings tightly to his faithful and silent companion as well, protecting and nurturing it in the ways it has been taught. The idea here is that we all start out with a ridiculous amount of hope, love, compassion, and wonder, and it is exactly those kinds of things that we must cling to as we grow old. So when we arrive at the battered state of the larger robot in our latter years, we are still full of L-O-V-E.