16" x 20" / acrylic and thread on canvas / sold
When I was a young child my Father took me with him to visit an old friend. Through the back roads and woods of Vermont we bumped along in his pick-up truck. When we arrived, my Father and his friend began their conversation and I wandered off to see what I could see. As I roamed the small farm I discovered a large galvanized bucket with a catfish swimming in circles near the line of fence. I bent over to investigate the magnificent whiskers of this creature which trailed alongside his winding body. When I stood once again and lifted my head, I was nose to nose with a Horse. This was the first time that I had stood so close to one of these noble Beings. I became transfixed by the Horse's Eye. The entire world and its Story existed within the galaxy that I was looking into. I looked into that world for a long time and I wept at the Mystery that I saw. Throughout the remainder of my childhood and adolescence the Story would remain the same. I could not stand in the presence of one of these Creatures without weeping.
In the Spring of 2010, I was given the opportunity to come into relationship with one of these Great Beings. The day that I met this Creature I spent hours standing in his presence and learning his Story. As I was preparing to leave the Sky began to change. What had only moments before been a cloudless and bright Sky began to gather a formation of rain clouds. As the sun streamed down, the Sky opened and the rains began to fall. A sea of tears from above. The sun continued to shine, the rain continued to fall, and then over the small barn stall that we were both standing in, a rainbow crested. The grief and joy that had once existed inside of me released, acknowledged and answered by the Sky.
I am a humbled and honored participant in this Great Mystery of Life.