Let There Be Light
Acrylic on Gessobord, 16 x 20" Collection Murray & Rhoda Finck
Today's painting was a commission for a friend's retirement. The title is the theme and prayer of Murray's life. A good one it is, in light of what is going on in our country and the world. It is easy to feel the heaviness of darkness when you hear and read the news. I like to remember that the squeaky wheel gets all of the attention. There are four other wheels that are working perfectly fine. When I sit in my hot tub at night and stare up at the stars, it is a good to remember that I am not the center of the universe. It gives some relief and also some insight.
I was a keynote speaker last weekend at the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA (more about that next week). The theme was "Christian Spirituality and the Arts". I talked about my artistic journey and how I landed in abstract expressionism. For me, it mostly has to do with expressing and wrestling with Mystery. "Truth, wisdom, goodness, beauty, the fragrance of a rose -- all resemble spirituality in that they are intangible, ineffable [indescribable] realities. We may know them, but we can never grasp them with our hands or with our words." -The Spirituality of Imperfection.
"Let There Be Light" expresses that truth, or in my dear friend Rhoda's words, "It touches us in a place that words cannot reach."