In the routine of working with my sculptures everyday in the studio I sometimes forget how a sculpture or painting evokes an emotional response in a viewer seeing it for the first time. Every so often someone comes into my booth, or studio, and experiences a strong emotional reaction to a particular art piece of mine that speaks to them. At an outdoor show in San Francisco a young woman viewing my abstract paintings began weeping quietly with a sweet smile on her face. She connected strongly to a piece I had titled “The Present Moment is All There Is”. Her tears took me back to the very instant I felt my own emotional inspiration for the painting, and we had an amazing conversation about each of our lives and the connection we all have with each other.
Since then I have made it a practice to speak about the initial inspiration of each piece during shows and exhibitions. Not just explain the process of creating the piece, but the “why”. The why is really where the connection to each viewer lies.
So friends, I created “Grace” as a visual expression of what horses symbolize for me. Grace, innocence, faith, compassion, forgiveness, freedom.
What do you see and feel when you view this sculpture?