Along the Edges; a short film
eric anfinson paintings
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I continue to be drawn to your work; what a blessing it was to discover a hometown "boy" only after many years and many more miles...where else, but on the Internet!! Hidden in your work -- in the slight crevice of shadowed skin or in a glint peering out of dark eyes -- is suffering in its most subtle form...a hollowed out lonliness which has now found a contented home. ~~ Timidly, I settle with a cup of tea and glance in on the women of your canvas, noting the diversity of bosoms -- full or perky; sagging or assymetrical. Unashamed from my home, I wonder how I would have looked, but never again will...in a body that's endured cancer and has had to say goodbye to the breasts once a part of me. Those posing in your art needn't perfection or approval. They've embraced their flaws and relish all that makes them unique, particularly through hardship or woven into the journey of love. In the portrait of myself -- the one I imagine you'd now paint -- my scars arch like rainbows and my tears turn from rain...and I dance under a disco ball of sun where the past and its future have become one. The irony of Austin's Dancing Queen. And for a moment, I smile, moving from my mind to the lines of another piece. Here, time allows me to linger in flowers and amidst colors once faded from the crisis of my world. ~~ It's comforting to visit these "people" you create. In their eyes, there is...the treasure itself, a reflection of acceptance...that many of us travel so long to find...because...we forget to look inside. Gradually, I'll leave: inspired, hopeful that my time will come in healing and that I will do with words what you so masterfully do with a brush. Thank you for showing others that life is bigger than the circumstances that happen to us. You leave this world a better place. God does bless us. He takes trauma and somehow -- with beauty and perseverance -- blesses us all...
-- Michelle Fimon, 1/26/12
Congratulations on your new show and collection of great work. We celebrate your accomplishments and fine work.
-- Kathryn Mertz, 1/11/12
Your paintings and book touch my soul; thank you for sharing yours. Congratulations on your success.
-- Pam Erickson, 12/30/11
-- Theoni Lecakis - Limouris, 10/26/11
Hi Eric! Your paintings are beautiful! I think of you often! Take care! Love, Karen
-- Karen Garbina Adams, 8/6/11
Hello. how are you friend. some years ago and we met in Costa Rica, a friend of your sister and Marcela Hernadez. I am a sculptor and let me tell you that you have very good works. We could do an exhibition here in Costa Rica. Nice to meet you again. Always succeed. Carlo Acevedo. Sculptor.
-- Carlo Acevedo, 8/2/11
I love your paintings!
-- Cheryl Kellogg, 7/7/11
Love, Peace and Happiness to you!
-- Jill Jarvis, 7/2/11
Beautiful and meaningful - thanks for sharing.
-- Jeanne Poppe, 6/20/11
Such beauty and emotion, such a gift. Thank you Eric.
-- Martin Zellar, 6/19/11
Thank you, Eric, for the beauty you bring into our lives.
-- Sheila Mullins, 6/14/11
I so love my painting entitled, Patiience, I just wish I could afford more of your work. My two favorites are the man with the bird on his shoulder and VanGough. Still look fprward to meeting you. Dee Senft
-- Dee Senft, 6/13/11
There is so much that is and is not familiar to me in your paintings. Our home town, your face, your heart. I can't begin to understand the courage it takes to pour your self into something so raw and exposed. The complete vulnerability of it is amazing and beautiful. Thank you. Your Friend, Dee
-- Deeann Iovinelli, 6/13/11
i love you, man...
-- Molly Brown, 6/13/11
Nice job! Everything looks amazing.
-- Chris Hand, 6/12/11
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