Monkeymonk is a painting I created in 2006. I rarely showed the original because I could never find a proper frame for it. I still have the original. The original is 3inches by 5 inches. It is based on a combination of Buddhist folklore and Greek Orthodox iconography. I found a way to combine all these influences into the piece. It’s not only a favorite of mine, my friends and family find it to be their favorite as well. I wanted to make a newer version.
Oh did I brainstorm.
I originally had an idea for the “monkey monk “to be levitating within a stone circle at the head waters of a river. I sat on that thought for awhile. So, I decided to save that idea for another day with other subject matter. Instead, a triptych popped in my head. I debated between paper and canvas. I chose the medium first before the subject matter. Of course, I went with trusty ol canvas.
Rather than dive into lengthy explanations, just know that spirituality plays an important part in my artwork. Ever since I was a boy, I had to know. I am still searching for what I want to know. I try to translate this into my artwork.
Remember! There are peaches for everyone. Finding them might not be easy. Growing them is just as hard. Then again anything worthwhile is never easy.