Solitude is the place of purification.
I have found myself painting quite a few islands lately, much like the one shown here in this new piece. This small 12″ by 6″ painting on canvas is titled Purified Solitude and is part of my show, Contact, at the West End Gallery which opens on July 22.
Maybe the islands have come about because they are simply interesting compositional elements. But part of me thinks it’s most likely an emotional response to the tensions of the world, an inner desire to pull away and find some peaceful solitude in a place where the bang and thrum of the outer world can’t reach me.
Of course, that is only possible on a short term basis. We are formed in this world and are part of this world and can never fully break away. The world is always with us. But those moments when I find myself on that island of solitude do much to reinvigorate me, to make me feel strengthened to come back into the world once more.
That’s what I see in this little piece– a temporary refuge where the light can fully surround and cleanse me, purifying and washing away the confusion, the anger and the despair that builds up after time spent in this world.
Thankfully, I know that island is always there, waiting for me to arrive.