When I lived in Abbotsford, a great friend of mine, the writer Dmetri Kakmi, was over for dinner one evening when ideas for a supernatural tale suddenly awoke in his imagination. These ideas were inspired by my trompe l'oeil painting of a door. A few months went by and at one point, Dmetri could not move forward with the tale, and for some reason I decided to send him a detail of the painting, which shows me reflected in the silver door handle. After receiving this image, Dmetri had his story.
Initially, the work was to be a short story, but it developed into a novella, and it was eventually published with other short stories under the title THE DOOR and other uncanny tales.
Dmetri and I gave a recent presentation titled Painting Influencing Writing at the Fitzroy Art Collective, where we discussed various issues concerning what inspired me to make the paintings mentioned in his book and what I thought about being one of the main models his characters were based on.
It was a wonderful evening and I'm glad Dmetri suggested we do it!
The pics of Dmetri and I were taken by Jon Rendell and of the paintings, by Tim Gresham.
Below are the other paintings of mine Dmetri refers to as the tale unfolds.
My painting of the door installed at my residence
with THE DOOR resting on a chair .
Dmetri's book of uncanny tales, where its title was
based on my painting
Shane Jones (left) and Dmetri Kakmi enjoying our presentation
Dmetri autographing his book.D
Wrapped Self Portrait, 2010, oil on canvas, 45.5 x 35.5 cm