24"x24" oil on linen 2014
My recent paintings are taking me to times and places that have deep resonance. This newest body of work is marked by time and memory and explores our present reality in the context of the sometimes hauntingly real shadows that come and go in our daily existence.
At times spiritual echoes find their way into my art. Sometimes this sense of something bigger or deeper than ourselves is found in the images and locations created within the paintings. At other times this numinous quality is carried by the light within the work.
Recently in the studio, I have been thinking about the works of Caspar David Friedrich in the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Many of Friedrich's paintings depict what I see as an Easter light - a light of promise and redemption.
Caspar David Friedrich
Village Landscape In Morning Light
21 5/8"x28" oil on canvas 1822
photo by Gregg Chadwick
This morning I have been playing a video of Bruce Springsteen playing his moving ballad, Jesus Was an Only Son. Almost ten years ago I wrote - Bruce Springsteen is not afraid to create music with deep spiritual roots. “I was brought up Catholic -"Jesus is my home boy", Springsteen exclaimed to the audience at the Pantages - then gently moved into Jesus Was an Only Son.
Bruce Springsteen - Jesus Was An Only Son - live on Storytellers