Florida based artist Jim Carpenter is this week’s guest blogger for our Artist as Collector Series.
Sandra J. Hadley
It’s All About Me
Charcoal on paper
20″ x 16″ (matted and framed)
Sandra’s paintings in charcoal have long enthralled me with their uncanny ability to ignite my senses. 

I saw the sunflower on the table in Sandra’s studio just as she was preparing to frame it for a show, and found myself spontaneously, cheerfully, talking to it: 

“Well, LOOK at YOU!” I said,  as if it were a living creature waiting to be adored. 
It was, in fact, love at first sight. I asked her what she was going to name it and she said, “Either ‘Here’s Looking At You’ or ‘It’s All About Me.’” I said, “If you name it ‘It’s All About Me’ I’ll buy it.  

The truth is, I would have bought it no matter what she titled it. 

I know that the phrase “it’s all about me” has its detractors, but for me it is a reminder that you can’t paint authentically from anyone else’s heart but your own.  This sunflower expresses that sentiment; it radiates confidence, joy, authenticity, and exudes a sense of being totally present and in the moment. 

My house is full of art created by others, but Sandra’s painting is the only work by another artist that hangs in my studio. 
Jim Carpenter is a painter living and working in the Gainesville, Florida area. His work addresses a multitude of themes and imagery that tend to run throughout his work: the theatre, dance, spirituality, and family among others.

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