Richard Overfield | Dancing through the Storm
Oil & gold leaf on Linen | 1993
This painting has a text in gold leaf surrounding the interior images. The text reads as follows:
The marvel & richness of life had convinced him that he could escape the worst of it. But, if it did come to that, what would he do? Well, it came to be as bad as he had feared & much worse. Gradually he realized that he could no longer negotiate for survival. It was an inestimable source of strength & peace of mind that, given the opportunity to go back in time, he would change nothing, nothing in the past or the future.
Note: During my time as a soldier, I kept a journal of my thoughts, poetry & general comments. The text of “Dancing through the Storm” was paraphrased 30 years later from that journal done in the early 60’s, most of which has been misplaced, “borrowed” & not returned or otherwise lost. The passage in the journal was concerned about how I would deal with facing violence & the possibility of my death.