The Wizard of Oz™ Collection I
Sizes: 12" x 18" | 18" x 27" | 24" x 36" | 28" x 42" | 40" x 60"
Publish Date: August 2010
Like most children of my era I was intrigued byThe Wizard of Oz™during its annual presentation on our TV screen. This adventure provided the ultimate daydream for a young artist whose imagination yearned to "follow theYellow Brick Road".
To recreate my passion for Oz in visual form, I utilized my imagination to journey beyond what had been created for the original movie. As is the case with my Disney paintings, each Oz painting will be an attempt to capture the essence of the entire movie in a single emotionally charged image. In the first Oz painting we seeDorothyand friends as they view the fabledEmerald Cityfor the first time. The familiar cast of characters is here -Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow-- as well as theWicked Witch of the West, scaryWinged Monkeys, and of course theMunchkins. We can even seeGlinda the Good Witchfloating in her transparent sphere of light, as though to bless the journey of the travelers.
I envision this painting as the first piece in what I will refer to as the "Oz Octet", a collection of eight epic paintings intended to celebrate great moments from this classic film. The eight paintings in this collection will present a monumental challenge to my abilities as a storyteller and picture maker. Yet like my Disney collection, I expect this collection to flourish as collectors discover that each painting builds upon the next.DorothyDiscovers theEmerald Cityis a panorama of the great places from the film. Though while watching the movie none of us can be entirely sure where the Wicked Witch's Castle is located in relation to theEmerald City, I have placed it distinctly in the foreground suggesting a barren land that must be traversed to encounter the delights beyond. LikeThe Wizard of Ozfilm, my painting presents the raw emotions of myth and daydream as they collide with wondrous imagination.
For those collectors who are ready to engage my Oz collection, rest assured thatDorothyDiscovers theEmerald Cityis the starting point of an epic adventure in a land "over the rainbow".