18" x 30" oil
Master of My Own Destiny is a strong and balanced painting. I began my day today with no intention of painting, but as I ate my morning cereal, this painting popped into my head and once I went into the studio, it just all came out of the brush and knife and less than an hour later, this 18" x 30" catharsis was sitting on my easel, full of soul, love, and longing. Let me explain that last bit: art is great for sharing, and art is what I do, so I'm not too shy to say that the last bit of life for me has just been hard. I've felt some failure and disappointment. I've not painted much, so I think that's why today's painting leapt from the brush: it was all stored up inside.
Here is a poem I wrote to summarize the meaning of this painting:
The roar of the sea within my heart
laments the chances lost,
laments the failures keenly felt,
laments the sorrow's cost.
But it does not do to hide inside,
to never risk a fall,
to never try to live or die,
to never try to fly.
The sea, it says "I can be strong,
I can rise up again,
I can be free of chains and night,
I can succeed." And then-
My diligence is born of strife
My path's laid out as light.
The sun it rises steadily:
My destiny, my life.