We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
We’ve had our share of fear and anger in recent days. Time to begin looking forward towards the light of the horizon.
Time to look for hope.
I think that pretty much sums up my feelings about this new painting, a 10″ by 30″ canvas called Day of Hope. It’s about calmness and a real considered contemplation of the future set in optimistic terms, far removed from reactionary destructiveness and irrationality of fear and anger.
Nothing good or lasting has ever been built with fear and anger. Sure, we have moved ahead in the past when fear and anger have been present but it was in spite of those things, not because of them. Most of the great strides forward from the past were built on a vision of hope, with a rational belief that the world could somehow be a better place.
That is what I see in this painting– a patient hopeful look to the future.
Call it naivete, call it what you will– I don’t care. I will choose a hopeful naivete any day over fear or angry cynicism.
This is another painting from my show, Contact, which opens this Friday, July 22, at the West End Gallery in Corning, NY.