The Derby 12 Series (Copyright 2011 Lesley Humphrey)

12 months of Derby... From May 5th, when I first was asked if I'd like to be considered, all the way through to May 6th and 7th, and the running of the 137th Kentucky Oaks and Derby.  A tremendous cycle that seemed to exorcise every aspect of life, as well as excavate parts I never knew I had... good and bad!  Ups, downs, agonizing decisions, courage, feelings of utter frailty and fragility, as well as tremendous joy.  Requiring determination, guts, and a battle with insecurity that raged throughout, and culminating in a series of experiences that were rare, and often bordering on miraculous. Perhaps it's best to consider them small, "personal performances".  In other words, responses to a burning need to express and work on my art and explore my craft in between "grand performances".  In years such as these, of constant travel and obligation, they served as platforms for my experiences, my loves, my angst, my challenges; sometimes my longings, hopes and dreams.  Please, enjoy them.

The paintings in the "Derby 12" series are symbolic of this journey.  Presented here are the first 10, and the full 12 will be available during my Derby Reception hosted by the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Houston:  6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., June 16th. If you're coming, wear a hat!  My creative pals are throwing down the gauntlet for who has the most flamboyant chapeau!

The Derby 12 Series are all 12" x 12", oil on panel, and are $1,200.00 each.  A nice, tidy dozen!

Thanks for coming to see us, and have a fabulous year.










Stay tuned for final two...