Immortal Diamond” 4’x5′ (60″x 48″) Acrylic on Canvas
When I think about the beauty to which I am so attracted, I think of...Diamonds! What are they? They are just dirty rocks, yet, rare and hard to come by. Yet in the hands of the master artist, the hardest substance can be cut into splendid objects that capture and refract light. I can’t help but think of Jesus- my rock, when I think of what a diamond does- it sparkles, it allows light to flow through it. Jesus came into the world, humbly, yet was God. He came into the human world, hidden, rough, without Glory, yet through his death, he was cut down, into the splendor of the resurrection. The diamond is held down in a setting; it is constrained but it’s light is not contained. It is designed but it’s potential for beauty is not defined-it’s colors change and flux depending on the light and chroma set before it. When I paint diamonds--yes I’m indulging in the pleasure of looking at the many colors and geometric patterns and shapes. Yes these paintings are about desire. I bring beautiful. But I think they are also an analogy of the process we can go through in life: from rough to splendid, if we allow ourselves to be cut under the hand of the creative, master Artist and shaped by His plan of transformation and redemption.
Much of the diamond series has been inspired by Richard Rohr's writing. The thought behind the diamond is that it is an analogy for the soul.
“Your True Self is who you are, and always have been in God . . . The great surprise and irony is that "you," or who you think you are, have nothing to do with its original creation or its demise. It's sort of disempowering and utterly empowering at the same time, isn't it? All you can do is nurture it.”
― Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self