Decades later, as Maury and I discussed his art, I learned something new that should have been evident. His work is influenced by outer space and the night sky he gazed on as he left his office after teaching late art classes. What’s in that sky? All the television and radio towers! For four years I, too, gazed at those ever-blinking towers. His work will always remind me of the once-in-a-lifetime, life-altering collection of experiences that college provided me.
I am a fortunate person for having Maury in my life. He taught me to watercolor, to airbrush and, most importantly, by his example, to do. (Oh, and he’s no slouch when it comes to craftsmanship.) Artlink Gallery is having a retrospective of this amazing man’s fascinating artwork. He continues to teach me and I can’t wait to see the show and find the lessons it holds.
I was invited among a number of his former students to show a piece at his show. Here it is, humbly and thankfully:
Please see the show:
Maurice Papier, A Retrospective
Fort Wayne, IN
September 11 – October 14
Opening September 11, 6 – 9 pm