Beauty is not always pretty. Pain and sorrow are just as much a part of the human condition as joy and happiness. In an age of short attention spans, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the overall mishmash of social media, and so many sources of media clamoring for our attention, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2 may rarely be listened to. However, there is such a depth of pathos, sorrow, pain, and yet a lyrical thread of pure longing, desire, and passion that Rachmaninoff expressed so masterfully, in this work.
My visual interpretation of it was painted while listening to the piece. And, I humbly hope in some way to have honored Rachmaninoff with my visual perspective of his work. For those interested in contemplating the connection between my painting and Evgeny Kissin’s masterful performance of this exquisite concerto, I invite you to listen to this video and view my painting as it plays.