Ted, “Let’s make him a swimming pool!”,
interior illustration from Ted
Acryla gouache on Bristol board
Collection of the artist
Those kinds of concepts and themes influence art. There’s a nostalgia to Ted, and that is again conjured by looking at Norman Rockwell and those paintings by him from the Saturday Evening Post covers. We had a huge book of the Saturday Evening Post covers that I used to look at all the time, and I conjured a lot of those imagery, especially the Triple Self-Portrait. In that portrait, when Rockwell’s looking at himself, his glasses are catching a reflection so you don’t see his eyes in it. And in Ted I used that as a device with the father, so to keep the father cold and disconnected from the reader, you never see his eyes until the climax of the book. They’re always hidden by this reflection.