Jennifer E. Thomas (j3nny3lf) wrote,
Jennifer E. Thomas
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Phone call out of the blue

Back in the 80s and early 90s, my first husband Koji and I had a good friend named James McFarlin. James and I met when I was waitressing and he was the dishwasher. I dug his dreads, complimented them, he invited me to smoke a joint with him after work, so I brought him home to Koji, and a golden friendship was born.

James is a rasta, a philosopher, and an amazing artist who works in acrylic and in sculpture. In 1991 I arranged his very first solo show for him in Oakland California, which sold quite a few of his paintings and gave him the emotional boost he needed to keep on working and trying with his art, he tells me.

When Amy was about 2 years old, James, who is severely bipolar, went completely over the edge and out of contact. Haven't heard a word from him in 15 years, until today.

Out of the blue, James called Koji today. And of course, then James and I talked too, for about two hours.

James has MADE it with his art. He's making enough money that he paid cash for a house from the proceeds of his last gallery show. We're talking serious dough here. I'm just amazed, but not surprised. He's that good.

So we're talking and he asks if I still sculpt and do abstract painting. I said well, I sculpt some, and I do a lot of digital art. So he asks for links and I send them his way, and a minute later he's screaming into the phone in sheer amazement, apparently.

The upshot?

James asked my permission to send my links and contact information to some of his gallery owner friends. For some insane reason, James thinks my stuff will sell. I am thinking about whether I want to risk more rejection of my work or not.

Wow.

http://www.jbaxtersartmenagerie.com/ is James's website, and you can see some of his work there. He's pretty phenomenal.

And a couple of images I made recently (BE WARNED: HUGE HUGE IMAGES):

http://www.mcwhorter.ws/~jenn/jamesart/peacockfantasyrectangle.jpg
http://www.mcwhorter.ws/~jenn/jamesart/tartanpsychosis1rectangle.jpg

Click them to enlarge them, otherwise you miss all the fine detail.
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