My teacher once said to us that "life is ups and downs."
As he said this, he moved his hands in an undulating wave.
I have lived long enough to know that Sensei is right.
Though it seems to me, there are times ...
when there are tunnels under the lower waves.
|Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji: Under the Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai|
Recently, while in a tunnel, I came across Chuck Close.
I knew his work ...
but not about the artist.
Born a year before me,
he is an American painter,
famous for massive scale portraits.
A catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 rendered him
paralyzed and a quadriplegic. He continued painting
and produces art sought after by museums and collectors.
And then I came across his amazing video: