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Recently I was introduced to a wandering vagrant named The Old Leatherman, a CT resident who lived in the late 1800s. For 30 years, he walked the same 365 mile route every month, usually passing the same markers every 34 days. He never showed any tendency towards violence and shied away from people although he did accept food from many. He lived in the woods, cared for multiple small gardens and stored tools and food in various caves.
For my own purposes, I have renamed him the Leatherman and have begun a long term project investigating and documenting my own interpretation of his relationship with people, animals and nature.
I am working on paper using ink and bits of collage. I have committed to create 1000 two-sided postcards to honor his travels, in addition to other drawings and paintings.
I am working primarily in black & white although some color does appear in the work. I have chosen a monochromatic palatte to create a sense of history and nostalgia.
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