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GRACE UNFOLDING, RESTING ENSO
7'6" x 5'8" Acrylic & Sumi ink on raw canvas

Two words, Grace and Honor...souvenirs from my visit to the historic Glastonbury Abbey, West of London. Though many of the historic destinations inspired me, I returned to the US with a profound sense of having been in a nation of civility with those two words that kept playing over and over in my head: Grace, Honor.

I finished this painting upon my return from England. The soothing and contemplative lavender and pearl white vista reminds me of my walking meditation through the Abbey grounds. At home in my studio, the title ignited a proclamation deep in the core of my soul about "Grace" and "Honor" - virtues that God willing, are honed through ones lifetime of experiences - hence, "Grace Unfolding."

The ink circle is known as Enso in Japanese culture. It is said that a stroke cannot be brushed with resolution if the heart is agitated, and a line that manifests clarity cannot be drawn if the heart is clouded by worldly concerns. Though author unknown, here is an eloquent description of Enso: "Circle of Infinity...Emptiness with fullness, all things visible, all things unseen. To end and to begin - Circle of Life.- (excerpts from Zen Brushwork by Tanchu Terayama)

2008

GRACE UNFOLDING, RESTING ENSO
7'6" x 5'8" Acrylic & Sumi ink on raw canvas

Two words, Grace and Honor...souvenirs from my visit to the historic Glastonbury Abbey, West of London. Though many of the historic destinations inspired me, I returned to the US with a profound sense of having been in a nation of civility with those two words that kept playing over and over in my head: Grace, Honor.

I finished this painting upon my return from England. The soothing and contemplative lavender and pearl white vista reminds me of my walking meditation through the Abbey grounds. At home in my studio, the title ignited a proclamation deep in the core of my soul about "Grace" and "Honor" - virtues that God willing, are honed through ones lifetime of experiences - hence, "Grace Unfolding."

The ink circle is known as Enso in Japanese culture. It is said that a stroke cannot be brushed with resolution if the heart is agitated, and a line that manifests clarity cannot be drawn if the heart is clouded by worldly concerns. Though author unknown, here is an eloquent description of Enso: "Circle of Infinity...Emptiness with fullness, all things visible, all things unseen. To end and to begin - Circle of Life.- (excerpts from Zen Brushwork by Tanchu Terayama)

2008