After being painted, nothing is better for a painting than a great title. Feeling like the owner of the amazing horse Secretariat, I felt this painting would be a real blockbuster. I needed a real shocker of a title, something real hardcore. Whenever I title a painting, I give it great thought. Since this painting was a breakaway from the previous beautiful brushed washes of the “Pots and Jars Series,” I needed to be a different “me,” to take a chance on trying to paint looser. In the real world, this was very hard for me to do.
My approach in the series is always the same: start in the upper left hand corner, work right across the top, back over to the left and across, and so on down. This time I painted with less blending.
As I painted throughout the composition, I did enjoy the looser approach with a racy, almost careless, feeling. I finished it quickly. Looking back, I do not know why I have not done this approach more often. I can only guess that letting loose means less control. I might do more painting like this in the future, maybe…
The first exhibition “Ruthless” was shown was the “Arizona Watercolor Association’s Fall Membership Exhibition”, at the Kessel-Long Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 11-18, 1990, Juror, Polly Hammett. The painting was given the “Award of Excellence.”
The next spring, the painting was shown at the “Panama City Art Association’s 17th Annual Transparent Watercolor Show,” at The Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida, Panama City, Florida, March 10-30, 1991, Juror, Bill Carter.
The next show was “The 16th Annual Exhibition of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies,” at the Art Center of Corpus Christi, Texas, June 1-30, 1991, Juror of Selection and Awards, Virginia Cobb.
Later that year it was in “The 17th Exhibition of National Watercolor Oklahoma,” at the Kirkpatrick Center Museum Complex West Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, August 31-October 6, 1991, Juror, Katherine Chang Liu.
The next year it was in “The Watercolor U.S.A. 1992, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri, June 7-July 26, 1992, Juror, Harold Gregor.
Later that year is was shown at “The Western Colorado Watercolor Society Annual National Exhibition,” at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, Colorado, October 1-29, 1992, Juror of Selection and Awards, Nita Leland. It was awarded, “The Past President’s Award.”
The final exhibition was “The Salmagundi Club 19th Annual Non-Members Exhibition,” New York, New York, June 3-21, 1996, Jury of Selection, Sigmund Abeles, Page Moore, Rae Smith, Brenda Tribush; Jury of Awards, M. Stephen Doherty, Everett R. Kinstler, Constance Pratt.