I became professionally involved in artwork on January 29th of 1989 when an editor-friend requested some artwork to go with an article that I had written for the American Hemerocallis Society. One thing has lead to another over the years and I have found the development of my artwork dovetailing with the development of my spiritual growth!
During my life thus far I have been blessed to know many artists: Darrell Hill, Holly Sierra, Maurice Sendak, Brother Thomas Bezanson, Katheryn Carrington, Gregory Norbet and others who all have been possessed by the desire to see what’s next in the journey of their work. At the core of an artist’s life is the desire to keep seeing things anew, to begin again, to reach out into the unknown and pull the present into it. Not surprisingly, the willingness to always start over is an essential component of spiritual growth! A saying of the Sufi mystic Rumi comes to mind: “I have a thirsty fish in me that can never find enough of what it’s thirsty for!”
Never finding enough is a characteristic of the spiritual journey on which we all were launched by being born. It is a journey which never finds enough and thereby never comes to an end! Part of this “never enough” is dedication to yearning to understand ourselves better. To reach a point at which we say we are now “good enough” is to abandon the pilgrimage to become better! Had the Divine viewed creation and muttered “good enough” then we would never have come into being! Even the Divine yearns! It yearns to see goodness come into being, yearns to see goodness expand and then to create more goodness! It seems that even the Divine is possessed of a thirsty fish! So how thirsty are YOU?