For 10 years off and on I have worked on a painting that is almost as tall as I am, endeavoring to capture a beautiful moment that is symbolic of so much more than a glorious sunrise.
Physically, Reawakening is a 60" x 36" oil portrayal of the interplay of light and color on clouds and water during sunrise on the north side of Indian River Inlet on the Delaware coast.
On a deeper level, this painting is a reminder to me and I hope to others of how light and love always overpower darkness and that darkness in truth has no ability to overpower light.
A client handed me the photo that inspired this painting many years ago during a studio tour in my home. He loved my paintings for the way they captured light and said he felt I was the one artist who could capture what was in this little photo.
I looked and was filled with awe. Even though dark and faded, it looked as though Heaven was opening up before me. I sucked in my breath. My client had taken the photo on an early morning fishing excursion.
He looked at me and said, "I thought you'd feel that way. Here, take it. Let me know when you've done something with it."
Whatever light touches is bathed in resplendent beauty; you don't have to be able to see the sun to know it's there.
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