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At the Edge of Reality

I have often hesitated to reveal my true thoughts as to why I painted this particular scene. A woman has inspired me today (7/10/2001) to tell the story. I suppose there is nothing for which I need to feel ashamed. I think "the afterlife" may be a more positive theme as compared to the theme of "death." Her version was a delightful one.

In 1984, while living in a small apartment in Lowell, Massachusetts, I was feeling a little depressed. I had an image in my mind of where I would like to go after my death. It was actually a very pleasurable fantasy -- briefly taking me away (to that place) where I could, in the comfort of an astronomical sort of heaven, look back at my life as it was and never was. I pictured my "safest place to go", to be inside a clean and quiet room quite close to its opening. The room was a cave, and the opening had a beautiful panorama of stars and (in this case) the large planet Saturn -- seen here with the plane of its rings on edge. The room had to be just a certain way. It would have a chair, a bed near the well lit opening, a small wooden table, and a bottle of cold pink wine and two glasses on it. I would simply sit there, looking out into the universe, revisiting my life while sipping on the wine. Time would lose its earthly meaning here. I would grow lonely, and in time, there would be a woman to come visit. It would be a very romantic spot. And here lies the truth to my story -- as this is really about loneliness. There is much more to this story, but for now I will let it be, and seek to learn from it.