"The world is a remarkable place full of beauty and splendor. To witness the simple grandeur of creation, the miracle of nature, is perhaps all we need. The peace received while viewing a leaf turned color at the height of fall or the bright green grass that comes in the early spring, perhaps is all we need as well.
I have stood on mountain tops that echo a pure silence, like that of a chapel, and wept from the excellence of the experience. It is at those times most when I realize there is an eternal purpose and I know what my role is. A calling made sure, fills me with a sense of completeness, happiness and contentment. It is divine intervention that provides the talent and those talents are not to be wasted, they must be exercised. Every one of us has specific talents, and we are meant to share those talents wherever possible for the betterment of all human kind.
Some have the talent of song and music, others create compositions in food and still others build. The talent I have been blessed with is of seeing natures intimate release - moments in time to be captured for all our benefit and prosperity. Images that help us remember why we are here and what our true purpose in life is. Men throughout the ages have sought divine inspiration, intervention and direction in these places and I count myself as one of the lucky few who still do. Truly it is a wonderful and marvelous place this world in which we live. That if we only take the time to examine it, we can be refilled with the glory of its creator.
As a race we have become indifferent to the world and the delicate role we play in it. We have been destroying the very thing that gives and sustains our lives. Modernism has forced us not to become more independent, like it was suggested that technology would bring, but rather we have and are becoming more drone like. It is laughable but the Disney song sung by the seven dwarfs..."Hi ho, Hi ho, it's off to work we go..", has become so intertwined in the way we think and act that it stifles the child inside of us all. Be nine (b9), again! Enjoy life, again!
If you look at much of the artwork throughout the past few centuries there seems to be a dark, even sad symbolism. The message being that life is barely worth living, life is horrible. For me, perhaps because I have taken 'The Lough Road,' life is fun, it is grand and I desire to begin each day a new! Life is worth the effort it requires and the beauty, the natural beauty that surrounds us, is breath taking if we only take the time to see it.
The gallery director, at my very first official showing in Chicago, told me that my work would be loved if I could only get those attending to slow down long enough to actually look at it. Please slow down, if only for a few moments, and enjoy the view that all of us were meant to see."
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