36" x 36" x 1.5", oil on canvas, 2016
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Painting Size: 36 H x 36 W x 1.5 in
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Painting: Oil on Canvas.
Having sailed the Red Sea, Black Sea, and the Pacific Ocean, I observed the underlying flux in nature, particularly the resting, floating boats. My seascapes capture the permanence of change in life made manifest in the illusory stillness of floating boats. While boats float along the dock, they are at rest and appear still. While moving, nature rests; change seems to be the only constant in life. As the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus says, “You never step into the same river twice.” In embracing the permanence of change, one finds existential repose. The act of observing and painting boats is a meditation practice. Boats are a metaphor for the pause in a journey. A moment of self-reflection in a constantly changing world. I think, 'What a miracle and joy it is to witness the physicality of boats!' I ask, 'how do they exert their weight on the water and how are they truly present in reality?' The Boats series represents my appreciation for meditation and coming to terms with the constancy of change.