“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”
– Martha Graham
Old Murphy – Spud Drive In Mascot
This is a 6″ x 8″ watercolor from Driggs, Idaho. I was going to
try to go to a movie at this cool old drive in, but I ran out of time. I
did stop and get a photo of Old Murphy, but I didn’t try to paint his
name on the door of the truck. There were also eyes on the windshield
that I left off. Artistic license.
(May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and
choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the
influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture.
She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Graham was the
first dancer ever to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a
cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the USA:
the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan’s Imperial Order of the Precious Crown.
She said, “I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s
permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not
pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.”