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I am often asked where I find inspiration. My interpretation of love and environments stems from a vast number of life occurrences, but it is always through a deep piercing within my heart that I find inspiration. I recently discovered the masterfully accomplished artist Tim Cantor as my BFF when I strolled through boutiques and art galleries in Sausalito on a brisk Sunday afternoon. The work of Tim Cantor is overwhelmingly distinctive, compelling and powerful. His luxuriant utilization of color is captivating to say the least. It is magical with an enchanting beauty that allows one to deeply connect with the imagery. Underneath this imagery lies a deep story that seems to capture feelings of peace, sorrow, loss, failure, triumph, tragedy and pure honesty.
While browsing through his gallery, I learned that Beauty’s Privilege was painted in honor of his aunt who had recently passed. The tree trunk resembles an open palm in my mind’s eye releasing her out into the heavens. I wondered if the leaves were ascending or descending in this work, but careful study revealed there are no leaves on the ground. Hence, they too are ascending upward. Tim calls Beauty’s Privilege “a profound study in which he renders an emotional expression of loss, love, and ultimately, finding beauty in the midst of tragedy.”
Guardian Angel is another piece that stopped me in my tracks, for I witnessed a reflection of my own fears toiling within to hide in the deepest places. But the passion in her eyes glares of a resilience that will never die.
And it was this image in the Cloister Garden at The One & Only Ocean Club that calmed the winds and revealed the design of Jennifer Williams’ opulent wedding ceremony with such clarity and confidence that I knew we had been assigned to each other lives for such a time as this!
For as much as I would scurry from my anguish and do my best to bury it in the deepest caves in my soul, I have ascertained that my willingness to openly reveal my truest and most authentic self to world, always returns with something extraordinary.
Thank you for allowing me to share a bit of my soul!
Keep spreading the love,