(The following piece was distributed at my "Surfacing" art exhibit along with a map legend diagram showing the visual interrelation of all 10 paintings in the show.)
“The name diamond derives from the ancient Greek adamas, meaning invincible.”
The essence of life in our true humanity, those most profound intangible gifts of our fullest potential, the sacred ideals we reach for, the most powerful truths and revelations: they are all jewels within us, buried under layers of flesh and blood and bone. Hidden beneath memories, fears, and traumas; perfectly formed and cut in the heat of our passionate pursuits. Yet buried farther still, within these precious gems, lies our purest self, everything we’ve ever wanted to become. And as we race against time, to beat death back for another day so we might cherish the opportunity to learn and grow from every experience, as we transcend expectations and limits to overcome addictions and bridge gaps that isolate us from one another, as we learn to embody the strength of love and compassion…in all of these acts we are uncovering the elusive jewels inside us—we are cutting away the encasement of flesh to bring them to the surface. Slowly but surely, we are surfacing.
“Diamonds do not show all of their beauty as rough stones; instead, they must be cut and polished to exhibit the characteristic fire and brilliance that diamond gemstones are known for.”