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Painter's Statement

I am an exponent of the Vilde Chaya School of Digestive Expressionism. We are committed to the principle that a painting should express whatever the artist had for dinner the previous evening. For example, in the painting to the right, even a casual observer will notice my dinner of dolphin-safe tuna in spicy organic coconut sauce over brown rice with a glass of cheap red wine. Less obvious, perhaps, but apparent to more astute observers, are the three double espressos that accompanied a breakfast of toasted gluten-free bread.

Vilda Chayism originated in Tukum, Latvia early in the last century. Also known as the "Starvationists," the early Vilde Chayists produced many vivid expressions of sprouted potatoes and stale bread. Tragically, the narrow-minded critics of the day panned their work, calling them "nothing but a pack of useless vilda chayas." Sadly, few examples from this seminal "potato period" remain as they were painted on burlap sacks that tended to get reused. Long after the early Vilda Chayists had been forgotten, Portland artist David Slader revived the movement after an especially fine brisket and onion dinner.