Morir Soñando

acrylic dispersion and oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches.
Private collection

Asking for a morir soñando in Brooklyn will get you a Dominican beverage made of milk, sugar, and orange juice. It’s a fascinating and poetic name for a drink, which translates as “to die dreaming”.

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“Morir Soñando” installed at Blank Space Gallery in 2013. photo credit Steve McFarland

This painting was included in the solo show Backlight at Blank Space Gallery in 2013. It was the first of a continuing series of radiant canvases in yellow, orange and saffron. Long associated with eastern mysticism, I relate to these colors to a spiritual optimism that I would like to experience more.

Poster for the Randall Stoltzfus Backlight Exhibit at Blank space Gallery
Blank Space Gallery poster for the 2013 backlight Solo Exhibit featuring a detail from the painting “Morir Soñando” by Randall Stoltzfus