For some time now, I've been reading and studying about the idea of beauty and what its presence -- or absence -- means to our spirits, bodies and society. I believe that beauty is for our spirits just as food and water are for our bodies. It nourishes, replenishes, heals, revives and fortifies. But so often in the digital noise and busy-ness of our contemporary world, we skip over beauty, or rush past it, or even deny it a place in our lives. Matisse wrote that "there are flowers everywhere for those who want to see them."
My newest painting, "What Beauty Has To Say" is an ode to inviting the presence of beauty into our lives. Beauty is there - waiting to be accepted -- in a flower, in music, in poetry, in art. I wonder how one's world and world view could be changed by intentionally slowing, stopping and pausing for beauty. I pause for beauty - do you?
"What Beauty Has To Say", oil on linen, 24 x 24", at Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, CA