Spaceships and Diaries

I fell in love with Esther Watson's work after I found her on a link trail a year ago, so when I saw that 20 x 200 was offering one of her paintings in print form recently (Denny's) I had to revisit. Growing up in Texas with a father whose hobby was building space craft machines out of scrap metal, she certainly has some interesting content to mine. She approaches her paintings from an intentionally naive brush, translating pages of her journals into scenes of childhood wonder, "through eyes not yet dimmed by disillusionment" in the words of the LA times. There is both a sweetness and a pang in her paintings, reminding me of the precarious lines between trust and doubt, stability/chaos, hope/despair we've all walked on the path toward adulthood and beyond.