“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me when as yet there was none of them.”
My goal as an artist is to help my audience give their undivided attention to their neighbor long enough to inspire intimacy and a desire to walk with them in their journey —just as Christ walks with us. Intimacy is an odd thing – it is something be we both yearn for and are terrified of. We feel uncomfortably vulnerable when others know too much about us and we feel offensively intrusive to others when we know too much about them. Yet to truly experience intimacy, we have to move beyond our inhibitions. “ It’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.” (Ender’s Game) When I create, I devote undivided attention to each face I paint knowing everycrevice, eyelash, and shadow of the person I am painting. I become invested in their story, and stir an empathy for the cries and dreams that person holds. When I share my art, I invite others to enter into this private moment with me and fight for that person’s dignity and aspirations as if they were our own.
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