Faith and Love
One of my favorite stories is my first major show in Key West. I was talking about where I based the painting and how different the art was when I was interrupted by someone saying, “That’s nice and all, but do you want to know why I like your painting? I see God in your painting. I can feel Him in the rays of light.
That statement floored me. I realized I had limited the fact that God speaks to us all in similar ways. We tend to overlook His connection with others because we’ve put Him in a little box of our own understanding. I looked at the man in front of me and saw the heart of someone who loved and longed for God just like myself. My work isn’t about a beach in Florida or California. It’s about spending time in your faith or with a loved one.
We’ve all been given unique gifts and talents. You see it in the arts, you hear it in music, but there are gifts of leadership, intelligence, speech, compassion… they’re equally important and the catch is they’re not for us, they’re to share and help others.
I’ve realized removing the color allows the artwork to become somewhere personal. Somewhere you’ve spent time in your faith or time with a loved one. That’s the story I want you to get from my work. Realize this world, the talents you’ve been given, and the people in our lives are blessings. Focus on your faith and it will help you along the way. It’s done that for me so many times. This is where I go to remember that and seek guidance.