The Library Window. Shelly Thayer Layton. Oil on linen. My transition to figurative work evolved slowly as I embarked on a course of self study which included the works of Boston School painters such as Benson, Tarbell, and Paxton. I was inspired by their classically rendered figures, carefully planned compositions, and their skill in creating atmosphere through light and shadow.
Poster of Nazis burning books, with quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt on a large book in the background: "Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man's eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons." Poster produced by the United States Office of War Information (OWI).
Love this book!! defines part of my existence. We all at one point believe ourselves to be losing our mind. In this book we can see a transformation and the feelings that take over without understanding or constraint.