My Indiana MuseThrough an unconventional sequence of events, artist Robert Townsend discovers his kodachrome muse and embarks on an ambitious and inspirational project that will take more than a decade to complete. AIRED: Friday December 2, 2022 at 11:00 PM ET/PT on documentary Channel
For more than twenty years, artist Robert Townsend has given new life to the Americana landscape. From matchbooks and candy wrappers, to buildings and automobiles, he returns the viewer to another place and time. And now, he has discovered a new muse: Helen. When each image takes months to paint, what could be so powerful about this one woman that inspires Robert to spend the next ten years of his life devoted to painting her alone?
The art is given new life as Robert dives deeper into Helen’s… visiting places she’s been and meeting people from her life. We discover why he identifies with and become charmed by this woman. Helen is our aunt, our neighbor, the woman at the grocery store, and we reveal that the precious lives that we each lead should be cherished as Robert does, with this woman he’s only beginning to know.