Size: 20"W x 24"H x 0.2"D
Year Created: 2017
I recently heard a motivational speaker with a rare genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis speak at TedX event. Near the very end she mentioned "Dionysus" the god of wine and fermentation. She compared her difficult life of living in hospital and the daily routine of keeping oneself alive with CF as a fermentation process to produce an extraordinary, dignified life. It's the hard, nastiness of life that creates a rich, full and complex life. This painting came from the emotions related to this thought.
"Center East" the old man told me as he pointed to a tattered map during my second meditation attempt. Rarely have I gone out into a trance since that mediation experience, but since I have come to understand what the old man was telling me. After years of exploring all self-help in western thought and religion I found myself carefully exploring eastern mysticism. It might be said it was exploring me. Now several years later I have found unbalanced only looking outside myself for answers and needed to re-calibrate my thinking and look inward. This of course in a more eastern view, thus I went "East" to find my "Center". This has led my to painting once again, but with a sense of self-love and trying to let that come out of me whatever those truths may be. Some may come out ugly or dark and some passionately beautiful. I'm excited for this new found excitement in art and I hope to share this with the rest of my fellow humanity during the remainder of my time on earth.