Updated: Nov 2, 2020
I've been fascinated with statuary in cemeteries for years, especially the ones that time has taken a toll on. Like us, the features on these sculptures get worn down, broken, or coated in the patina of age. They are the Guardians of Time.
Here in my hometown, Cincinnati, OH, we are blessed to have an exceptionally beautiful cemetery —Spring Grove— with lots of these sculptures. And in my other hometown, Cambridge, MA, the historic Mt. Auburn Cemetery offers an even older treasure trove of statuary.
Starting late this summer I began setting up my easel, first in Spring Grove, and later on, in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Painting in these tranquil environments, in deep observation, is an exercise in mindfulness, and a way to escape the turmoil of the pandemic and politics.
I'm not really sure where this series is taking me, but I am drawn to return to it, deepening my skills, working on capturing light and form—plus, the models never move. It brings me back to my roots: it all starts with observation, with seeing what is —or at least trying to.
What do you do to distract yourself during unsettled times? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
Above: Paul Kroner painting at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, September 2020