In a world of frenzied speed, endless worry and mounting to-do lists, to slow down and ponder seems to exist in pockets instead of droves, at least in this artist’s current purview of the world around. Essential for even a modest quality of life, looking is sine qua non for human life, for meaning, for substance;and quiet contemplation for hope in a world in perpetual crisis or frenzy. The quintessential skill of being an observer is merely a persistent gesture toward looking. Observation as an artistic discipline manifested itself in the historical art movement often referred to as Realism. Its roots date back as far as the 14th century when the artist Giotto entered the scene. Thus, Realism as an artistic strategy is both traditional and avant-garde, and it has been used in the service of both.