The Triumph of the Human Spirit

Artists are stalkers. We stalk the un-nameable sentiments, gestures of being, glimpses of emotion as they flash across our consciousness. 

"Aspiration" 30" x 40" depicts a male figure reaching upwards

"Aspiration" 30" x 40" depicts a male figure reaching upwards

As I've explored in medias res (in the middle of things), I've discovered that what I want to portray in my paintings is the triumph of the human spirit.

"Amen" features the "Victory V" pose--universal body language for confidence and triumph

"Amen" features the "Victory V" pose--universal body language for confidence and triumph

 I want this work to do for viewers what motivational speakers do for listeners. I want this piece to resonate with that part of you that strives for triumph.

"Aphrodite's Reach" is 40" x 50" tribute to the reach of human beauty; beauty as a form of triumph

"Aphrodite's Reach" is 40" x 50" tribute to the reach of human beauty; beauty as a form of triumph

 "I want this work to do for viewers what motivational speakers do for listeners. "
In this runway painting, the triumph is in the poise and "swag" of the male figure as he struts down the walk

In this runway painting, the triumph is in the poise and "swag" of the male figure as he struts down the walk

Life is Challenging.  At times, it can seem insurmountable.  That wellspring of strength in our heroes is in us too, though it might not always seem so.  But no matter how difficult life can be at times, I am increasingly in awe of the strength and resolve of the human spirit.  

a 30" x 40" portrait of Miles Davis -- Jazz improvisors seem to express the human capacity for fluidity and adaptability -- improvisors teach us that responsiveness to challenge can be artful

a 30" x 40" portrait of Miles Davis -- Jazz improvisors seem to express the human capacity for fluidity and adaptability -- improvisors teach us that responsiveness to challenge can be artful

How are beauty and triumph related?  This is a question I am fascinated by.  Each artistic exploration is a journey of lessons.  I'm reminded of the ancient Romans who, in their sculptures, depict the natural wrinkles of time on our faces.  To the Romans, age was beauty.  

on the left, "Dancer's Back" 30" x 40", portraying the triumph of beauty, the gentleness of gesture -- on the right, "Einstein" 30" x 40" -- Like the Roman sculptures, the wrinkles are part of his beauty

on the left, "Dancer's Back" 30" x 40", portraying the triumph of beauty, the gentleness of gesture -- on the right, "Einstein" 30" x 40" -- Like the Roman sculptures, the wrinkles are part of his beauty

But now, we try to cover up and hide age.  I am more in line with the Romans on this.  Our wrinkles and color complexities, nuances in the skin and body, things we might believe are "imperfections," are really the exposition of our triumphs, of our unique and authentic selves.  I wonder how triumph might really be about embracing life, embracing who we are and who we are becoming.