WAITING FOR MY BOY
8" X 11"
In my teens, I discovered works by American
artists who were brave enough to see black people as worthy
of painting or preserving in drawings, paintings, and photographs;
Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Romare Bearden,
Eudora Welty , and on and on. From those quiet, rural days
of absorbing images by these masters, I would later reflect
on my own life experience and the sights I had seen on a neighbor
uncles cotton farm. It was the 1960s and much
on that and other farms would suggest little change from Miss
Weltys photos from decades earlier. This pastel of my
friend, Miss Gertrude, made me think of those days and yet
felt strangely appropriate to my study for the Civil War monument.
How many mothers, black and white, never saw their boys come