My physical condition has improved mostly from working outdoors in my garden and taking in Vitamin D from the blessed sunshine. All those atrophied muscles in my neck, back, and spine have experienced some regeneration and I feel much better. Although nerve damage doesn't improve or get better, it has been quite some time since I've had the debilitating attacks of muscle spasms that nearly took me out five years ago.

A lot has changed since 2018. I've watched much of the landscape in northern California burn down around me and many friends have lost most of their possessions, but fortunately not their lives. I have engaged in many activities that have not yielded intended outcomes. I've seen unbelievable stupidity in the breakdown of our society and many of the fears I saw coming are here.

From an early age I saw little difference between the political parties and always felt the differences were mere window dressing. As such, I am not apolitical but anti-political. I still feel the only real difference is the flip-side of the same coin. I have spent most of the last forty years or so trying to minimize my carbon footprint and live my beliefs rather than convince others to alter their lives. I am appalled at what we are leaving our progeny and see no real effort to change the course of where we are heading.

So, I spend my time with Art and am moving back into working with the kids and teaching Art. I don't expect to change anything but absolutely refuse to participate in the madness we collectively engage in. Arguing with idiots is a waste of time.


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My Thoughts About Art


I've been asked my opinions about art and artists many times down through the years. I usually have a strong position and frequently offended people with what I had to say.

There is enough offending of others in this society right now. I've never seen so many ignorant people getting their feelings hurt about things they actually know little or nothing about. A celebration of stupid where the emperor has no clothes. Rather than become part of that nonsense, I intend to present what I do as an artist and what I think about that.

I am a visual artist; I draw and paint. I have been a sculptor and printer, but degenerative spine and joint problems have ended those days. I still think of the canvas or paper as the basis for two-dimensional sculpture. I try to create the illusion of depth. I want the viewer to feel like they can reach into my paintings and see and touch the back side of what is flat.

I produced some abstract work in art school and down through the years but it's not my thing. If you have to explain to the viewer what they are looking at, there is a disconnect in communication in my opinion.

Installation Art and political statements in art are all the rage but that's not my thing either. I've been on some rough roads and my experience and knowledge guide me, not any pseudo-philosophical horse shit. I offend both sides of the political fence. I paint what I see and feel in my mind's eye.

I paint and draw the western landscape because it is where I feel at home. I seek out the places where man's footprint is light. I have been fortunate to live and work in some very special places in this magnificent land.

More to come...


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 Eric MatrangaPhoenix, AZ530-602-6705