Larry Lewis’ memoir Where Paint Goes is a reflective and introspective recalling of interweaving life events, some light-hearted and some harrowing, that highlight the development of not only his impressive art but his bold and adaptive personality. The book’s honest approach, both grammatical and emotional, allows the reader to journey through a lifetime of lessons learned and successes by covering heart-pounding topics such as racism, love, loss, cultural appreciation and non-conventional ideation.
The writing can easily and appropriately shift between layman terms to that of a seasoned professional in an effortless, yet comfortable pace. Industry anecdotes provoke more of a sense of education than belittlement as there are no obsessive ruminations on art instruction nor lengthy meticulous historical references. The book delivers a behind-the-scenes to the depth of the art field and the rapid changes and challenges Lewis experienced over many years in several markets.
Where Paint Goes is a meaningful and motivational narrative that is relatable, truthful and unpredictable. An artist’s life, whose chapters are destined to create their own format.
Steven Binns, Jr., MBA, Psy.D.
“The first time I saw Larry’s paintings, whether it was realistic water colors of a trout in a stream or fantastic human characters wrapped in a geological statement of being (you figure out what that means by checking out his work), I was left stunned by his vision. How did it get there? What makes the man that makes what has just captured my heart. How did he know where the paint should go? ‘Where Paint Goes’ is a journey into what made that artist see the world the way he does. At times joyful, such as when a young man gets kissed on the cheek by a legend of music. At times heartbreaking as we go through what should be an unbearable loss. And at all times revealing the tinted lens through which Larry sees the world. ‘Where the Paint Goes'” will not be an easy journey. Artists express what they see and feel, and often that’s shaped by a forge the rest of us never go through. We can only gaze at what they’ve created and try to understand their vision. Here, you get a glimpse into the mind of Larry Lewis that will leave you wanting more.”
I have known the artist, Larry Lewis for more than 30 years, enough time to share in some of the adventures represented in his book.
This well written book chronicles his incredible life adventures as well as his steadfast resilience, strength and passion for all things related to creating art and being true to himself. Reading this story you cannot help yourself, but to become involved in the journey.
Wishing Larry and his new book much success,