This image is now available as a print on paper or on canvas and can be framed here.
This painting is titled Bird's Eye View and was painted back in 2000. It was the first in a series of paintings that have continued to this day were I have chosen to conceal a portion of the person's face. Some times I may use a flower, a book, or in this case a dove. I would not have been able to tell you why I began to do this eleven years ago. It just became a path in the woods that beckoned me and I began to follow. An artist comes into their content in a mysterious ways that are difficult to describe. Andrew Wyeth told people that the ideas for his paintings "came in through the back door" and one might want to ask him, What does that mean?"
The Greeks had the notion that the artist was guided by the muses. There were thought to be several different ones that supernaturally provided vision and content to spur there artistic journey. I tend to think of the Holy Spirit that proceeds from God is what guides me. The same Spirit that enabled a virgin to conceive a child is the Spirit that moves in me and inspires me to create. I also think that in able to stay responsive to the Spirit it is necessary for me to keep my daily life uncluttered by too much activity. I can not allow myself to be driven along by fear of other peoples expectations. In order to stay open it helps to be quiet inside even if there may be noise and distractions on the out side. In this way I am ready to receive. I most often do not feel any thing warm and fuzzy when I begin. I just start drawing and eventualy something good will begin to happen and I have a trail to follow.