Telling a complete story in a single image is not an easy task. We live in narratives, and we remember and retell in narratives. Our lives have beginnings, developments, and endings that are like stories. The world described by our senses is the world in which we live our stories, and it is the world for which we are responsible. Other worlds, in the end, are not ours to inhabit.
The American artist Douglas Blanchard teaches art and art history at the Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. He paints in a realistic figurative style to explore the gay experience, as well as classical mythology, history, and current events. Born and raised in Dallas, Blanchard earned a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1981, an MA in art history from Washington University in St. Louis in 1986, and an MFA cum laude from the New York Academy of Art in 1993. He was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1982 and remains an active Episcopalian, describing himself as a “very agnostic believer.” He maintains a studio in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The series Passion was exhibited at the Leslie-Lohman Gay and Lesbian Art Museum in New York in 2004 and at the JHS Gallery in Taos, New Mexico in 2007. His other work has been exhibited in a variety of galleries, including the New York Academy of Art.