This piece depicts the unadulterated beauty set forth by the godly beauty of the natural world.
We were in the trial stages of creating a new method for corroding steel plates. Basically inventing finishes for the owner of, well lets just say a very well known coffee chain... for his apartment. A very long story short... This was one of the test pieces, which was on it's way to the scrap yard, when I saved it. I took it back to the roof. And began a year long process of patina and rusting the panel.
For a long time, I thought I would chop up the panel into pieces for some other art projects, but all the sudden, after a year in the elements, it began to come to life. So one evening, as the sun was setting, I was standing over the piece, plotting out clouds and angels and cherubs and all things heavenly to grace this rusted sheet of steel with.
Then the most beautiful leaf falls perfectly in the middle, and it hit me. All the stories, and magic, and truth and fiction of life is already right here in this piece. The minerals created from the earth, mined by men, smelted to steel, manipulated by artists, seasoned by weather. The rocks represent the natural world; the leaves the biological. This piece couldn't be anymore beautiful than the world had eventually made it.
So I brought the piece in from the roof; exactly as it was. Careful not to shift a single stone, I began painting.
Oil on Rusted Steel