Jack Balas, 2016-17; WE PAUSE FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY (#1343 /1424); watercolor and ink on 4 paper panels, 45" x 60" overall.

We pause for autobiography // THAT SUMMER, THIS WEST, THAT FAR // Epic in scope // THIS IS NOT NOSTALGIA. THIS IS THE TRUTH // To be continue(d)

(At top): Over the years I've managed to go back and see parts of my route again, including flying to Anchorage in 1997 for an unrelated reason, rented a car and drove to Homer, and this year (2016) driving U.S. 2 across Minnesota, North Dakota & Montana. BUT as much as I enjoyed seeing the roads and the landscapes again, I finally realized that what I REALLY wanted to see again was simply ME, age 22, ME.