Photo by Sasha Freemind on Unsplash

No one mountain is more or less beautiful or magnificent than the next, each completely and utterly itself. Thus, a mountain can stand outside the parameters of beauty while becoming impossibly so.

Images of ‘Purple Mountain Majesty’ existed only in song, film, and on free bank calendars while growing up…

Author’s early passport photo

I chose Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Angela Lansbury, the hottest tickets on Broadway in 1979, which in the end Mom did not enjoy because “Why would anyone like a musical about people eating people?”

She was in town for a business meeting with Coty cosmetics, offering her an opportunity to…

Photo by Justin Wilkens on Unsplash

In the bed of Kevin’s truck were several large oil drums filled with gasoline, dangerously exposed, a necessary risk — enough fuel to get us there, run a generator for five days, and get us out. He knew there wouldn’t be a gas station open from middle Mississippi southward, and…

Devil’s Curve by Carol Hepper; 2008, 23" x51" x 11", wood, cardboard, pigment, foam, rope, glue

This year especially
the irony of the first in bloom
on the last day I’d ever see you
Witch Hazel divining spring
before breath turns invisible
those unearthly blossoms in March
gone before its begun

Ragged, spidery, ribbon petals
the color of sulfur and blood
braving bare branches compact
like tiny shocks-of-hair
worn by…

Ignace Gaston Pardies, Constellations; Paris, 1693 (permission for use:

The decorative painting company we worked for had clients who had made obscene fortunes on Wall Street. One had built a McMansion in East Hampton on several coveted acres, once a potato field. Our painted faux techniques on nearly every wall, baseboard, and door — marbling, stenciling, strié-ing, wood graining…

Willem de Kooning at his Springs East Hampton studio in 1977 by Thomas Hoepker

In the summer of 1980, I lived the starving-artist life on the top floor of an East Village, three-room, tenement walk-up, the classic pre-renovated kind with a toilet closet in the hall and a tiny bathtub in the kitchen next to the only sink. …

Kiyle, Robert, and James, 2019; by Doron Langberg via the Yossi Milo Gallery. All Lanberg art to follow used with permission of the artist.

We have tough conversations. Not like the ones with my straight male friends when I lived and worked as an artist in Brooklyn — painstakingly politically correct, agreeable, and unequivocal. My two closest male friends since moving to Rhode Island are straight. Despite missing the protection and denial of that…

The low slant of winter light coming through the western windows of my art studio, at just the right angle and at just the right time, sets my studio ablaze, turning it into a wonderland of iridescence and reflected light! …

Photo: Tobey Albright

Madonna’s astrologer predicted precisely when I’d meet my husband. Cheryl, a comedian and astrologer, was part of a gal-pal threesome; Madonna and Sandra Bernhard were the other two. When I met Cheryl in 1989, Madonna’s and Sandra’s careers were peaking. Cheryl still had to make a living as an astrologer…

Bradley Wester

Visual Artist & Nonfiction Writer; New agented memoir: “Growing Up Under Water”—From Southern Gothic New Orleans to the art world of New York.

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