from the History of Rock & Roll
20" x 50"
acrylic  and rhinestones on canvas
Bering Art Collective, Houston, Texas, The History of Rock & Roll, October 9 - 30, 2010
As the 60's arrived in rock & roll, a new generation began to find a foothold with a sound that could be uniquely their own.  No longer was the sound of rock limited to what DJs played on the radio.  Local bands began gathering larger audiences, and festivals began bringing these groups together.

The Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock would cement these fans into a new group of rock and roll listeners. A public that not only heard the message of the music, but followed it.  The "flower children" of the 60's were ready to bring about change.

Culmination is a canvas about the hope that those years entailed.  The dream of change and a better future resonating loudly.  The dominant flower represents that vision emerging.  The hands weaving and creating string toys are the disjointed, naive beliefs that change could be so sudden and lasting.

The string weave in the lower right is called a Navajo Gate, which here opens onto the dawning of history.  The dream of the flower children still lives and grows, but in a quieter more delicate way. The butterflies camouflaged in the background represent the dream of change, of peace and humanity that this music still holds for us today.