Leap of Faith

Art on October 23, 2019

Leap of Faith
48″ X 48″
Oil on Board

The Heisenberg Experiment proved that the observer changes the outcome. My reticular activating system as an artist is always on a mission, my senses are in high alert most of the time. So knowing this and being this way has been a great discipline for me to adhere to only that which supports my creativity. Children are born innately connected to and curious about Nature, the animal kingdom, other humans and freedom. They (should) have the expectation of being cared for and loved by those responsible for them. With these things on my mind I began this painting with the image of the big brown bear being kissed on the nose by the little princess girl. There is so much that can be interpreted but for me it was a leap of faith that we must resurrect as we mature especially when faced with cynicism and fear. As an artist who is an uplifter in my heart, I paint to inspire, console and have an intimate message with the viewer. Come closer and see the details life offers that are worthy of pushing the pause button. If you’ve seen my art, you know I’m a lover of the octopus. They are initiators of change, dynamic and emotional. Read the book The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery and you will develop your own alliance with them and probably stop eating them too! The one in this work is from a photo taken in Croatia by Martin Strmiska (@martin.strmiska) who gave me permission to paint it. They are elusive and will allow an interaction only if there is trust, faith in your intentions. Steve McCurry (@stevemccurryofficial) is my all time favorite cultural photographer who has published iconic photos that are emotionally and physically gorgeous. The image of suspended monks, hanging only by their feet fascinated me and he generously gave permission to me to paint it. This image kicked off a flurry of ideas that unearthed a feeling of vulnerability that I have when working and I can only continue when I have faith in the image and the compelling desire to paint it, especially when given permission by stellar photographers, architects, and artists to include in the storyline of my piece. One such architect and artist is Dan Slavinsky. His drawings have been exhibited In London and in this piece, his architectural fantasy of a fairy is hidden in plain sight amongst the designer seaweed. I look forward to including more in my work! @findingslav. One of my favorite books is the Pulitzer Prize winner, The Overstory by Richard Powers. It is the best novel ever written about trees, says Ann Patchett. The book will influence my art for some time to come. I’ve studied trees, their communication, their intelligence and necessity for us to live, the give and take between us. My studio is on the second floor and a tree outside my door is my constant companion and home to songbirds who provide the score to my work. A Leap of Faith requires trust, justice and morality which are the mainstays of the Egyptian Goddess Ma’at. She had a rigorous rule structure for Egyptians to abide by and at the end of their lives, their heart was measured for weight against her ostrich feather on the scale of justice to determine the afterlife of the departed. Perched above the scale is the Kingfisher which was photographed by Dean Mason (@deanmason.wow) at his wildlife habitat in the UK. You’ll see his images again! In my work I love to include music because of this: Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything, It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate and eternal form.-Plato


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