What You Lookin' At?

34.00"W x 24.00"H x 1.0"D

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Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: toucan, exotic birds, surreal, wildlife, tropical

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 34"W x 24"H x 1"D

Year Created: 2005

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I had the chance to go to a bird sanctuary at the southern tip of Brazil near Iguacu Falls. There was this toucan there, seemingly very unimpressed that some would stare and consider him (or her) beautiful and exotic. He was staring right back. The whole idea of who is watching whom stuck with me. Who’s the observer and who’s in the zoo? Now when you hang him on the wall, he does the same thing.

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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