Size: 36"W x 24"H x 1.25"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
Warm cadmium yellow and rust colors on a cobalt and marine blue. violet and green backround. This is about community, what binds us together in a way that heals and gives life. I tried to demonstrate a shared Spirit that drives away the cold and connects us, inspiring words and actions that continue to define who we are and who we're becoming. Interestingly, it transforms to a different painting in all four orientations, with certain things emerging to be discovered in each one.
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.