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Oil on canvas

36 x 48 inches



In 1999, I was seriously injured in a car accident. Later, I created a series of 10 oil paintings that depicted symbolically my thoughts, emotions, and beliefs about this accident, starting from right before the accident happened until afterwards, in the hospital, when I knew I would be OK. The paintings were meant to be viewed like a storyboard from 1 to 10. 


This painting is the fifth in the series.  "Impact" represents the moment my car hit the center divider of the freeway. At that moment, nothing existed in my world except for my consciousness of an impact--no car, no freeway, nothing but consciousness, violence and impact.  The painting conceptualizes that impact in that it forces the viewer's eye to experience a visual collision. The viewer's eye hits the eyeball in the center of the painting, bounces off that eyeball back into the painting and encounters a second impact with the larger eye behind it. 


This was a very difficult painting. I struggled for a long time with the center part of the painting. I kept painting and painting and then wiping out all I had just done. Finally, the two eyeballs rushed out of nowhere in a burst of inspiration, and I knew I had it.


Exhibition History:

"Unframed",  Four Person Exhibition, Thatcher Art Gallery,  University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. , 2004

(Unframed--A Critical Review by Paula Birnbaum, P.hD, Associate Professor at UCSF can be read in the Press page)

The Accident, No. 5: Impact!

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