We are composed of three basic aspects of the self ~ the physical or tangible aspects as they relate to the body, the intellectual and conscious aspects as they relate to the mind, and the emotional and intuitive aspects as they relate to the spirit. All three aspects of the self work together in harmony, simultaneously allowing the artist to bring into transcendental expressionist attuning a first step of union with the infinite. Saint Francis of Assisi was the obvious inspiration for this exercise in oils.
Aspects of the Self
The self-portraits of many contemporary artists are often characterised by a strong sense of narrative, often but not strictly limited to vignettes from the artist's life-story. My own have been more inward, transcendental journeys on canvas; supernatural, abstruse, abstract; unlocking the spontaneous child who does not know, much less acknowledges, the rules. The content and consciousness meld into a seeking of inner truth. I learned, both as a poet and painter, that I am the student and the child is the teacher.