The paintings I make create a backdrop to our lives - these ordinary and extraordinary lives that we lead. They reflect back both the mundanity and the extraordinariness. They become points of departure, growth, and intimacy. It was challenging sometimes to go back to this painting when there'd be strife or despair and I'd be left feeling like I’m wringing light from painted diamonds.
And so that is this painting: it is simply me lifting you, me - all of us - up as best I can.
Looking for a title, I'd been calling it Rain then Violet had used the word “Reign”. I recalled 'Love Reign Over Me' - a song from The Who - and though I'm not much of a fan of The Who, I found this bit of writing from Pete Townshend regarding the song to be relevant:
"Love Reign Over Me refers to Meher Baba's one time comment that rain was a blessing from God; that thunder was God's Voice. It's another plea to drown, only this time in the rain. Jimmy goes through a suicide crisis. He surrenders to the inevitable, and you know, you know, when it's over and he goes back to town he'll be going through the same shit, being in the same terrible family situation and so on, but he's moved up a level. He's weak still, but there's a strength in that weakness. He's in danger of maturing." (From the liner notes of Quadrophenia)
In those crystalline moments of realization, when we see everything so clearly. It's all just light and shadow, contrast, an ebbing and flowing. It's just life. And we can keep our heads hung low but, really, it's love that makes us look up, that causes us to open our eyes. To see. I think that only love can do that and it is some spark within us - this unquenchable fire - that is ignited again.
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