My painting process dances between setting intention and allowing an organic process to inform what emerges in my paintings. It is the biggest lesson of my own life – how to balance the “trying” with the “letting go and surrender.”
This painting was mid-process, sitting in my studio when a friend came over and she said to me, “Oh, I see a Buddha face in that.” And she pointed to the area where she saw it and I immediately saw it too. So, I played with allowing the face to emerge while still holding a loose energetic quality for the painting.
Each painting teaches me something, and this one continued a lesson about light and dark. That we can’t see the light without the dark – and we can’t understand a clear mind, without actually experiencing a busy, fretful mind. So, in this painting, you see the marks in the forehead, which for me represent the busy mind that we are trying to clear. The face itself is both light and dark, which speak to me about owning not only our light, but our shadow, which is so much of what mediation is about. Just to let it all “be.”
In person, this painting has an intense resonance and presence. Its best home is going to be in a place where its energy can permeate the space with the intention of inviting in calm and yet, allowing all states of mind to be without having to fix anything, but rather to be present with all that is.