The inspiration for this piece came from a billboard I saw while driving all night through a snow storm. I was on my way back to Indiana to hide from the distractions of New York while I finished my current body of work. Overloaded with stress and looming aspirations, this beacon of white light was shining to remind me, and i suppose many who passed it and paid attention, that “man shall not live by bread alone.” Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4
There is more to life and a career than money. More to making art than selling. it
reminded me of sitting in St. Peters of the Vatican, surrounded by people, yet, by myself.
examining every inch of a Rafael or Fra Fillipo Lippi painting for hours. That inspiration passed on from someone dead and gone for hundreds of years to me was life changing.
repeating this process became my primary dream to achieve while working to become an artist. The hope that I could inspire others to do the same, all while portraying my
slice of this crazy comedy of mankind.
The girl prays, but were not sure of what. Stars of currency pearlescent from the U.S. one hundred dollar bill shift above her. A rusty drip returns to the earth. A halo of butter coincides with the theme of bread and (communist) government and, at the same time, with the political doctrine of guns vs. butter. So this piece has a lot of dualities. Is the girl an individual, or representative of a whole society? Is the butter a call to trade in arms for fellowship, or a relentless, self-gratifying pursuit for wealth? Are the stars of currency referring to the endless opportunity wealth can provide, or dreams that are forever changing as veils of success are lifted, or perhaps false dreams/faith in wealth and
The girl is young, pretty, and pampered. Seemingly in need of nothing, but she prays for something. I’d like to think she is praying for something other than herself.
Oil and U.S. Currency Pearl on Patinae Steel