You know when you hear a song that makes you so happy it transports you back to a time in your life when you felt happy and free? My childhood is that place and music is that time machine. I am often inspired by things from my childhood, but more than anything, the soundtrack of my life.
I was introduced to music at a young age through my uncles. From the Beatles to the Beach Boys, and everything in between, I listened to it all and was immediately excited by it. Music is a constant in my life and almost always playing in the background. I love all genres and each has a special influence on me. Music and specific memories of my childhood definitely inspired two of three of my works for the Bicycle.
From the lyrics of Queen to my first bicycle without training wheels, the colorful, acrylic brings all those feelings to life.
The happiness of my childhood and my red, Schwinn Fair Lady reminds me of a simpler time when my biggest worry was learning to ride without training wheels. I want my work to excite and remind others to listen to their inner child. I couldn’t find the picture of me on my red Fair Lady, and my sister will probably kill me for using hers, but see that smile? That’s the smile of a happy child on her Fair Lady (well, she had a Schwinn Lil’ Chik–but both are Sting Rays for girls)! It’s also the same smile her third child has and he is the happiest kid I know.