I am inspired by many things, sometimes even someone else’s inspiration from something – a kind of copy-cat inspiration!
Several year ago one of my sons became quite interested in the old Clint Eastwood movies, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, “A Fistful of Dollars”, and “A Few Dollars More”. He watched these often, and I noticed that images from these movies started to appear repeatedly in his artwork at the time. The character with the cowboy hat and poncho was rendered in oil, then in ceramic tile; horses of various kinds appeared in various mediums. Somewhere in all of this I started thinking about creating a spaghetti western piece.
I carried this idea around for a few years, and finally things came together when I started using my serger. There was something about the serged seams that resonated for this piece. Maybe it was even the relationship between the word “serger” and the name of the director of these movies, Sergio Leone. Then I came across some visually interesting paper; the back-side of a reel of mailing labels.
These movies may never have been Oscar-contenders, but they’ve retained their popularity and I imagine they have inspired many other works of art. When I finished this piece I felt like something was complete, some kind of loop had been closed between those hours of hearing those movies play and that idea brewing in my head.