The reality of today’s world is not kind or wonderful.
I believe God wants us to live in the alternate realities we create. The world is harsh and not conducive to faith. Faith means believing in the unseen and translating it into the present, both physically and emotionally.
For me, painting is my escape from the harsh reality of today. When I paint, I use my imagination to create my own world. I try to convey belief, goodness and hope in my work. I want my viewers to understand my constructed reality when they look at my work.
The Bible says that when God returns, will he find faith on Earth? I’m not sure that he will find faith when he returns. I think that instead of true faith, he will find people behaving in a manner of perceived faith. He will find people like the servant, who buried his talent in the ground because he feared his master to be a harsh person. But people living by the mores of perceived faith are not what God wants to find.
I hope my painted reality is better than the world today. I want to imagine and paint the world, as it can be, like the original Garden of Eden, the perfect place for mankind. My goal is to paint beyond my visual reality and to depict my inner truth. I will paint by faith!
American Oil Painter Daryl Urig is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and Cincinnati Art Club. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati for over 9 years and is president of Total Media Source Inc.
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