Thursday, May 31, 2018

Gardens of the Mind

Gardens of the Mind. 30"x40" acrylic on canvas. 

This is a continuation of my last piece (The Dark Night of the Soul), hence the overgrown moss and garden lamps in the foreground, to represent the mysterious glow shining through the wooden door in the forest. Inspired by Mulan and Pan's Labyrinth, this painting symbolizes the beautiful nooks and crannies of our minds that we've yet to discover. Lets find out what lies beyond the rose bushes.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Dark Night of the Soul

The Dark Night of the Soul. 30"x40" acrylic on canvas. 

Life isn’t always bright and colorful, but we tend to glamorize and showcase that side of ourselves, especially on social media. The truth is, we all come face to face with obstacles and challenges, which force us to look inward and discover the light amidst the darkness. As Martin Luther King Jr once said, “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” ✨ 

This painting was inspired by The Wizard of Oz, The Matrix and Alice in Wonderland, particularly for the unique calling each of the protagonists are chosen to endure. Dorothy is whisked out of Dust Bowl Kansas and embarks on her enlightenment, paved by the spiritually symbolic yellow brick road. Alice is led down a rabbit hole and presented with a series of doors, unaware of the lessons that lie behind the one specifically chosen for her. Neo is set out on a course to free himself and humanity. 

Sometimes it takes a big event to break through and begin the hero’s journey to self-discovery, like changing careers, moving, a tornado, etc. This piece symbolizes my own journey of authenticity and learning from my failures and setbacks, as I pursue my life purpose. So what’s behind the door? Well lets find out together, shall we…🚪🔮