Hope springs eternal in the human breast."
- Alexander Pope
The original seed of this idea was planted while I was in New Zealand working on the Aroha Chapel Mural
. I wanted to create a painting that spoke of that sensation of all of nature wrapped together in this beautiful dance. Over time, however, the inspiration changed and it seemed more and more a response to the sort of hopelessness that occurs these days when we try to take in the state of the world at large. There are so many terrible things happening all of the time. It's easy to get unfocused, to despair, to lose hope.
Hope is what keeps us working towards better days and better lives for ourselves and others. This painting was made as a reminder of that ceaseless dance of life and death that we are a part of and a reminder to remain hopeful through some of the darker nights of our lives.
I made multiple videos of the creation of this painting and hosted a weekly live feed. Live feeds can be found on my Facebook page HERE
. Some time lapsed/sped up versions can be found on my YouTube channel HERE
I also have a longer blog post that is something of a written translation of the painting. I keep notes and write down thoughts about paintings as I work on them. Those thoughts often result in a written piece for some of the larger paintings I make. You can read that HERE