Series 4 - To be Human (Figurative paintings)

It is said that to be human means to be fully engaged in a lifelong learning journey,  to acknowledge that there is no such thing as perfection, and that most of us are just doing the best we can, with the tools we have. When we recognize that we are all spiritual beings, having a human experience, we become aware that we are essentially the same. Regardless of race, culture, religion, or sex, we have the same desires, the same emotions, the same reactions.

As Shylock in Shakespeare’s - Merchant of Venice so aptly said: “ If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?”

In the field of Epigenetics, scientists focus on how our environment can cause changes that affect the way our genes work. This means that the environment we are raised in, whether cultural, religious, or financial can have a huge impact on how we think, what our future holds, and even our physical and mental state. So though we are all the same, the major cause for our separation from one another is our hearts that hardened from programming or trauma. If, however, we were to soften our hearts and open our minds, we would find a beauty in one another that surpasses race, culture, religion, sex, etc.

I have always been fascinated by history and politics, and I considered studying political science when I was younger. Later I realized that I could do so much more through my art, than from a political podium. I desire that my love for the Divine, my love for humanity, and my love for life itself, is evident in my paintings; and that my legacy through my art will be Love, Hope, and Light.

In this series, I focus on people that I come across in everyday life. As I witness a moment in their lives, I am quite aware that I do not know them and have no idea about their joys, their fears, their traumas, who they love, or how deeply. I am only aware that to be human is to have the impulse and desire for connection, which draws me closer.  

Linda Thompson’s statement on humanity resonates with me:   “Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience mould us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together.”


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