The ultimate meaning of any art is really up to the viewer, but I can say that in this Humanity series I am going beyond the surface recognition that we use to identify things around us. These new images carve meanings deeper than the surfaces we see when greeting a friend or finding our way through an environment.
I wish to involve you, the viewer, in matters of heart, mind and emotion. I wish to hold you in tensions between easy recognition of what is and intuitive notions of what might be. I wish to present colors and forms of what might be deeper than the surface --- colors and forms that speak to your heart --- colors and forms that speak to truth, not through words, but through our senses.
You have to sense --- with your eyes, mind, heart and mentality --- as I did when I painted.
Perhaps I should have titled this "Underland" rather than "Gnome". The Overland painting started from my feelings about the land and those who live with it. I think the painting speaks about the power of the land and it's people. But don't just accept my words. See and feel what it expresses to you. See the colors and shapes. See the painting.
"Gnome" came from feelings of earthiness --- soft damp ground, rich green plants, seeds blossoms jewels --- and imagining the kind of being who might live in the riches of this environment.
"Cosmic Production" presents an icon of a human as one of the creative forces in the Universe.
"Uncertain Union" presents two people floating. Perhaps they are coming in contact, perhaps not. Perhaps you see them as uniting, perhaps not. Perhaps they are free, perhaps not. Perhaps they are real, perhaps not. Perhaps I am explaining the painting, perhaps not.
I have intended that this be a person rising in liquid, atmosphere or either --- a transcendence of place, state or being.
Aweful rapture: to experience cosmic forces of such colossal power, scale and influence that one is astonished by their beauty and in horror of ones position of physical jeopardy and diminished stature.