These works are the latest pieces in an ongoing series that I call “Hidden Treasures”. They are obviously nature based, but are not straightforward renditions of flowers, leaves, trees etc. They contain ambiguities manifest through the layering of images. As I draw and they develop, more unexpected objects seem to appear and the viewer sees things that are not readily apparent at first glance. This, I hope, causes the viewer to look carefully and see even more hidden treasures. In the Baha’i Writings it says: “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom”. And “The purpose of the one true God, exalted be His glory, in revealing himself unto men is to lay bare those gems that lie hidden within the mine of their true and inmost selves”. These statements guide me in life. The first one is especially relevant to one who is a former educator. I find that life is better if I make the effort to search for the good qualities in people, even though these might not always be easy to see at first. You have to dig beneath the layers. The “Hidden Treasures” series is motivated by this sentiment. I hope that through the beauty of nature the pieces will make a connection both visually and spiritually, leaving viewers with their spirits uplifted and their curiosity kindled.
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