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24.00"W x 18.00"H x 0.3"D

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Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: recovery, embrace, restoration, love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, portrait

Media: acrylic on canvas panel

Size: 24"W x 18"H x 0.25"D

Year Created: 2005

This attempts to interpret a moment in a story I think speaks to a need in all of us. It's a shocking ending that defies all expectations, and it also expresses the ultimate purpose of the life of the person who told it-in this moment. Here a man attempts to return after a spree of betrayal, self-indulgence and self-inflicted suffering. Filled with shame and self-loathing, expecting rightful condemnation, he…suddenly is overwhelmed by compassion, mercy, forgiveness, even delight, in all his tear-stained, snot-flying wretchedness. The absurd, joyful surprise of open arms and undying love.

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.

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