Free as the Breeze

Free as the Breeze – Towhee with Harley Davidson, (1996)
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition of 475, Offset on Paper
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Image Size 20″ x 29 7/8″
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Located in Duxbury MA

In Florida, I got an unexpected opportunity to photograph a rufous-sided towhee. He was sitting on the mirror of a car in a parking lot, fascinated by his reflection. He kept moving up and down in the mirror, not understanding that he was the other bird. This was something that inspired me a lot. But the car window in the background was not what I was looking for — the lines were too straight and not good for a fine composition.

A few years later, I saw a nice black, shiny motorcycle standing on the porch of an old house, somewhere on the road to Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania. Seeing the mirror and the strong composition of the motorcycle immediately made me think of the towhee in Florida.

For a background, this was ten times better than a car. Since, in the history of painting, so many artists have painted themselves reflected in one or another object, I did not want to miss this opportunity to paint my self-portrait in the gas tank.

Motorcycle people must have the feeling of being as “free as the breeze.” They must be country lovers without realizing it, covering so much ground as they ride through the countryside. The reflection of an old farmhouse in the shiny parts of that motorcycle’s engine in beautiful Pennsylvania must tell you about my own love for rural landscapes.

— Carl Brenders