This painting is a sort of metaphor for what I try to accomplish in my art.
I didn't start out making it about that, but sometimes your art tells YOU what it is saying when you're lucky.
Art, like life, is a balance; of physicality and thought, light and dark, energy and stillness. These contrasts are what create a paradox within an image, a piece of poetry, or music, and give the art life!
When a work of art does what it is supposed to, it will get at the heart of the thing- the truth of what is inside of both the artist and the subject.
That is the serendipity of creation. Whether painting a face or a tree or a sky, it is the elusive spirit - mine and the face or tree - that comes across to the viewer. When that spark happens, it truly becomes art!
And the wonderful thing about art is that it is exclusive of any style or medium. It can be communicated in a craft or a museum piece. Art is for everyone, it is something all should strive for. Because it is truly our essence, our spirit, coming through.
Where do you allow your spirit or essence to come through in your life?