Joe Smigielski

God’s process of creation is an ongoing thing. It never ceases. Painting is simply an extension of this process. The purpose of my paintings are to inspire viewers to remember their true essence and divine connections.

Painting is my meditative prayer. When painting, I empty myself and allow the painting to flow through me. I put aside fear, and desire, and surrender to the process. I trust that a higher power is leading the way. The resulting paintings are landscapes of a sort. They are less a representation of earth, and more an invitation to lift the viewer from the ordinary and mundane, to a higher place. Ground, sky, structures, and the living things that populate the place begin to dissolve. Edges soften. Echoeing patterns, and rythymic colors relax the mind. The vibration of color raises the spirit.

So much art of recent decades has been concerned with the reporting on the condition of life on earth. Art has become largely an intellectual exercise. I aim to look beyond the reporting, and assist in the healing. My goal is to aid in a universal human longing, which is to bridge the gap between matter and spirit. My paintings have nothing to say to you- they simply invite you to melt a bit and remember the connection you have to your own soul. Each painting is a portal in which nature, humankind, and God become one.

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