My artwork celebrates the light in the world around us. My artwork celebrates you.
I see you.
I hear you.
I know you.
You are me. I am you.
We exist as one.
- Cory Acorn
I think we can all agree that everyone matters (at least those of you who I'm interested in chatting to here in my new blog realise this - welcome by the way !) but do you really feel that you matter? In your heart of hearts do you feel, believe you matter? I know for me, I have struggled with this belief. It is so easy to put myself outside of the circle that says, you matter. When I am at my lowest, I turn to a few leaders that I respect and trust for their wisdom and guidance. In doing so, I can usually dig myself out of my dark place and come back to the fact that yes, I matter. After all, if I can say I truly believe that everyone matters, then I must also matter, right? And what does this all have to do with art and painting then?
Spiritual leader, Eckhart Tolle (He's my guru so get used to me referencing him) has repeatedly been heard to say that we (you, me and everyone else) are the light of the world. Yes, that's right, the light of the world. I thought about this. Being the 'light of the world' is no small thing. Surely if we are the light of the world, we all must matter. And if we matter, that means I matter. And yes, it also means you matter.
More recently I also realised that painting for me also emphasises the whole 'I matter' concept/belief. You see, when I paint, I strive to create artwork that celebrates the light in the world around us and in doing so, just maybe, you could say, my art brings a bit of goodness, beauty, laughter and light to this world that we belong to. I can say that I aim for this in my art because I created a personal mission statement many years ago (and long before I even owned a paint brush) that I work at fulfilling each and every day. I'll share it with you here and if you are interested, I can tell you about creating a mission statement for yourself if you like - just send me a message.
Personal Mission Statement
I must paint because, with all that goodness, beauty, laughter and light purposefully contained in my artwork, my art matters.
So there you have it; all statements must be true. You matter, I matter, and Art Matters. So now, I must run as I have some painting to do. I am after all, the light of the world. How about you?