Acrylic on canvas, Age 12 (2007) 48" x 48" Original & Prints Available
This painting is about conquering our fears, and about discovering and respecting new worlds.
Everything unfamiliar to us – beliefs, cultures, or dimensions could be explored without fear, indifference, or despise. We should live like travelers stopping by the bonfires during our exhausting journeys.
I painted an unknown traveler passing through who does not intend to change anything, nor to ridicule or condemn anyone, but to learn. The visitor who finds a bonfire in a foreign place respects its rules and conditions and this way is able to find comfort and safety.
Perhaps this is how we too should deal with circumstances of life: as if we were observing explorers. As soon as we feel like the settlers, we start possessing the land and relationships and desire to change everyone into our own ways of life.
Respectful travelers do not go to foreign places to change anyone or anything, but to discover and experience the unknown. If we all lived like excited travelers, we would enjoy much more abundant peace, growth and love.
The fire, here, at the center of the scenery, represents wisdom, inspiration, respect, acceptance, balance and comfort. It welcomes us in search of the unknown. There is unity in everything created, and that’s why the surroundings resemble the coals of the bonfire.
Most of us have experienced the power of fire. It commands respect – if we approach it too close, we will burn. If we stay at a safe distance, we will find comfort. Even the divine presence that I have personally experienced appeared like a fire.
The fire itself is an amazing living element. We often take fire for granted or fear it, but we here on earth have used it in farming, hunting, cooking, making tools, medicine and pigments, food preservation, water purification, ceremonies, repelling insects and predators, providing light, communication, and energy. The atmosphere for fire has to be perfect too: strong rain, hail, snow, wind or insufficient supply of oxygen will extinguish fire. If there is too little oxygen, the fire could never be lit. If there is too much oxygen, the fire could never go out, and everything would burn without stopping. The fire thus is a symbol of our attitude towards the unknown.
I hope that the metaphor I saw in my vision will encourage others to feel more comfortable and wiser around the unknown.