I first created the GOOD SAMARITAN in 1970, as a crayon sgraffito painting. It was one of my first attempts at telling a story in pictures, as a three-panel narrative. Now, 32 years later, after thousands of hours of experimentation and experience in various workshops in London and Southern California, I returned to this early work, to make a new interpretation of this drawing and the basic theme of the story.
It is remarkable that one can discover many new ideas in an old and familiar story. Sometimes it is necessary to take a long journey to rediscover earlier creative ideas that are so personal and connected to one’s history. Many artists return their favorite themes throughout their careers, reinterpreting the same stories with fresh eyes: Rembrandt, Chagall, Degas, and Picasso, to list a few prominent names.
When viewing my GOOD SAMARITAN, the scenes can be studied as a group sequence, or looked at and considered individually.