Size: 30"W x 19"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
Sometimes dreams motivate you to act, even when, inevitably, reality turns out to be very different. But by definition, dreams are not tied to reality. I’ll admit to a tongue-in-cheek nod to Rousseau’s obsession with exotic primitive jungles, animals and a naked sleeping beauty, as in “The Dream”. In this fantasy, all the images that rise in your mind can peacefully coexist: pristine waterfalls, jungle, jaguars, parrots, toucans (again), the gentle lapping of the waves against the purest sandy beach, and of course, a beautiful cinnamon-skinned dreamer herself.
I have always been drawn to different cultures and compelling places. Maybe it took root in childhood when, as a military brat, I would have to move every few years to a new place, new home, school, friends, land on my feet, and engage. In college I studied world history, economy, cultures and eventually learned two languages, and have lived and traveled in most parts of the U.S. as well as West Africa, Europe and South America. I went on to study and get two more degrees in theology/spiritual formation and art. In each case, the deeper you go with honesty and humility, the more likely you are to strike a chord that resonates universally. I work as a pastor now, which to me is similar to being an artist or bartender or doing standup. In each case, you have to look and listen closely, observe and engage the sublime, the ridiculous, the beautiful and the heartbreaking, all while not taking yourself too seriously.