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Football as a Metaphor for Life

"Blitzed" Oil on board Miller-Havens

Rather than painting men as idols, or going to the other extreme of infantilizing or bashing them, I mean to portray male athletes not only as possessors of skill but as possessors of unique personalities vulnerable to all of life's demands. I want the viewer to experience the similarities between men and women. In sports and in life human beings hope for success, sometimes gain it, fail, pick themselves up, try again to be among the best and often strive to be part of a team.

Painting "Blitzed" oil on board (private collection Boston) inspired by conversation with Patriots wide receiver Randy Vataha (1970;s) about opposing teammates concern for each other.

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