Love in Any Language
Acrylic on Stretched, Studio Wrapped Canvas
16 x 20 x .75
16 x 20 x .75
We sometimes chose our friends because something about them reminds us of ourselves. We have the same interests, the same likes and dislikes, we come from similar backgrounds. Relationships built on our similarities grow because we enjoy the same activities and share similar feelings and ideas. But every now and then you meet someone who is entirely different. He looks and speaks differently from you, he comes from a different place and sees the world from an entirely different perspective. As unlikely as it may seem, sometimes those differences result in the most magical of friendships. Real love is not so concerned with a person's appearance as it is with his heart.
I began this as a horse painting over a year ago, but was never satisfied with it. For months it was forgotten, hidden behind a stack of canvases in my studio. But when I happened upon it again just last week I knew exactly what was needed. The horse was lonely, he needed a friend, so I painted one for him - a little bunny. I have always been fascinated by the seemingly unlikely friendships between different species of animals. You often hear of dogs adopting baby kittens or cats taking care of squirrels or wild animals. Earlier this year I shared the story of Bella and Tarra, a dog and an elephant who have become devoted companions. While this horse and bunny came out of my imagination, it was inspired by all the true stories of animal friendships. Despite the confidence we have in our own superiority, we could learn a lot from all of God's creatures - great and small.