Barbara Fox

Dreamer, 2020
Charcoal and Pastel
12 x 12 x 1 in
This drawing was originally begun in 2018, as a relatively simple image of a young woman with a candle. It had a sleepy, dreamy quality, so I titled it “Dreamer”. At the time, I felt it needed something more, but I couldn’t decide what. So, I just lived with it in my studio to see if or when inspiration would strike. As the pandemic loomed, and my state was in lock-down, I felt personally safe, but at the same time felt the fear and heart-break in my family, friends, community, and planet. Conversely, I also recognize that many of us feel grateful for what we have, and imagine a better world when it is safe once again. A few weeks ago, I heard John Lennon’s song “Imagine”, and the line “You may say I am a Dreamer, but I’m not the only one” really struck a nerve. It sounds corny, but creativity works in strange ways. I felt that I could give my drawing "Dreamer" a deeper meaning with the inspiration of the song. I added some reflections to make it complete, with this phrase popping into my head: "A light that shines for others, a light that shines in the darkest of times, a light that reflects our hopes."