For me, art is contemplation. I see no little to no purpose in art that does not grant something deeply meaningful to consider at length, and take away to better enrich our lives.
I have had some incredibly enlightening experiences standing in front of some of the world’s most beloved art.
I have also had some incredibly enlightening experiences standing in front of some of the world’s least beloved art.
The lesser knowns, the unknowns.
It does not matter. Art can provide inspiration, regardless of the source.
These experiences of momentary, “semi-enlightenment” that I have encountered in the works of others, are the same types of journeys that I strive to take my viewers on through my own creations.
It is in art that I have contemplated the sacredness of human life, including my own. There I have found meaning in the most ordinary of events, objects, people, and places. I have understood the holiness of the human body, and the tender providence of God.
I have watched as art spilled over into my own life, granting me a deeper appreciation for the little things, the moments that pass, and the sufferings that I have met. I have seen that even the pots and pans are worthy in the eyes of the Divine Artist – in the eyes of God.
I have found joy, brilliant depth, and a fascination with the beauty of life that every child fears to loose.
Surprisingly, many of the artists who have provided me with such profound glimpses of sacred truths have probably not even known what they left behind. At least, not to the degree that I saw.
A simple still life by Cezanne, a landscape by Pissarro or Sisley, a simple Vermeer or a poignant Valazquez…I sometimes wonder if they truly realized the great, holy, sacred meaning in their works that I have so delightfully found, and the questions that they have led me to ponder.
As a result, when I set out to create a work of art, it is with this intention in mind: to purposely do what so many may have possibly – unknowingly – done.
I set out to provide “momentary enlightenment” to my viewers, and help them to either realize the sacred value of their own life, or ponder life-changing questions, however great or small.
Through my art, I want them to see how cherished they are, down to the smallest of cells. I want them to think deeply over important questions, and realize that every insignificant moment of their life (even the hardest to take) is a beloved masterpiece in the eyes of God.
My current focus is on sketching portraits, and the intense personal experiences contained therein. (I hope to develop this interest into more completed works in the future, so please check back as you can.)
As I work, I prefer to let the art “unveil” itself to me, and so I work by instinct rather than by detailed plan.
In the process, I strive to “listen” to what each piece is trying to say, and as I grow more intimate with the individual represented, I come to learn who they are and what moment of their life they are in.
From there, I let them tell their stories, and I present this information along with my finished piece.
In doing so, I often have rather “profound vicarious experiences” with either real historic figures or fictional ones from the past. I become thoroughly engrossed in the moment that the portrait is representing, and what has lead to it in their lives.
This creates a bond whereby their unique revelation, awakening, “enlightenment,” etc., also becomes mine. Important truths are therefore passed on not by simple, rational facts explained in a linear, plodding way, but by experiences that might otherwise have never been open to me.
The stories, or explanations, that are presented with my art are therefore highly important, as is the act of contemplation based on these, in front of the completed portraits. I also include symbolism in my work, which provides an aid to decoding the subject’s experience and bringing it home to the viewers heart.
I also like to leave my works open to further interpretation by my viewers, once they have understood the basic premise that I have set forth. For me, art should always be highly interactive, and if they glean new links to the original interpretation that benefit them, then I have set out to do what I first began – which is to enrich their lives.
The following are some of the images that I have created, which I will post in order of most recent first.
Underneath each work you will find a link to the post that originally explored its symbolic meaning in depth. Please kindly take the time to follow through to those links if you will, for it is only there that they can really be understood.
And, of course, please kindly take a little time to contemplate if you can. Art that is glanced at and then quickly pushed aside is never art that has been truly seen.
The Meeting After the Mission
Please click here to learn more about the intense social/religious commentary that is symbolized in this seemingly simple image. There is more to it than meets the eye.
Who Am I?
Please click here to learn about the above image, entitled “Who Am I?”
“Saint Genevieve Sending Spring to Her Beloved People of Paris”
Learn more about “Saint Genevieve Sending Spring to Her Beloved People of Paris” here.
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