Thirty years ago, I began this series during my exile to my small apartment in the Napoleon House. Most of them were painted in the span of a couple of years during and afterward. In the interim, I have given away or sold a number of others, not in this same mode, and never one from this group.
I preferred that they stay with me, always as a reminder of what life is like for others, as it is only in knowing about them that we can truly be alive. As I wrote in my introduction, hopefully they may help to define humanity in ways not thought about during the usual hours of daily living.
Some paintings were based on photographs by others, long ago forgotten, for which I apologize. As an untrained artist, I simply did not know better at the time.
With apologies also for my poor photography and need of a flash, these are offered with a hint of how a man feels when he mounts the 13th step of the scaffold.
Russell B. Guerin