It Draws Me Up

It Draws Me Up

It Draws Me Up

Recently a client purchased a work that I created in 2009. The client connected so strongly with it that he asked me to provide a narrative of its origins. I don’t usually do this – for me it is all about capturing and processing my emotions and thoughts by creating the work then I think no more about it as I am on to the next one. But I consented to giving it a try this one time and, much to my surprise, I found I enjoyed the experience. Maybe because some time had passed since I created the work or maybe because I really like this particular work, I am not sure. But I want to share the narrative with you…

Ten years after my artistic epiphany in Monument Valley I returned to renew my connection. I knew that I had opened up a deep spiritual relationship that this land shared with me. I thought by going back I would enter another level of consciousness, but I was taken aback. Nothing felt renewing or uplifting; I felt confused and disappointed the whole first day. The next morning I woke just as the sun was pushing up to the horizon. I walked outside Goulding’s Lodge to watch the sunrise when a moment of clarity came over me. I didn’t come back to “find” another level of consciousness but to declare the truthfulness of where I am right now. It became clear that this was a revisiting of my experience, a coming home. On the second day I felt acquainted and at peace with the solitude of the valley. I realized all that I’ve written in my book and my blogs stand as my sincere belief. Every shadow, every cliff and spire now was sending me inspiration for new works and I could barely process it all.

“It Draws Me Up” was conceived at the base of Thunderbird Mesa that day, where my epiphany transpired. I beheld its grandeur not like the first time but as a soul mate. The massive base of the cliff is a deep rich color as sandstone rises in a geyser of stone. A quarter mile up a layer of “hot” red stone meets the rubble at the top were vegetation struggles to survive. As I gaze up, I find that my view of the top is held with curiosity, wanting to be there, wanting to experience its majestic height. Each section of the painting is my interpretation of the changes millions of years has produced in this majestic place. Time rests on the shoulders of the past and we must build from its foundation to create a different future. But only at the top is there evidence of life; that’s what draws me up.