Tenola’s “Shades of Gray” is a replica of the 1889 Van Gogh’s self-portrait. It is a vivid color piece of the painter’s hair and clothing as he gazes ready to create.
Tenola states, “All those little/big acts/actions throughout the course of our lives are the shades of gray between the black and the white that represent right and wrong, truth and lie, good and bad, and even greed and equity. The degree to which we each experience life give color to the who, what and why we are.”
(As an artist who preferred working from observation, van Gogh was limited to the subjects that surrounded him—his own likeness, views outside his studio window, and the surrounding countryside.)