I did not show work in progress on this large "Grand Canyon" piece because it was supposed to a surprise for some long time friends. But as you see, it is very similar in approach to the commission work I did, "Wonder." As we approach the holidays, art occupies a seldom thought of but very significant place as a gift. Yes, it can be expensive, but the lasting value can be immense. Art can be a constant reminder of the beautiful possibilities of life in a world filled with beauty and mystery. It can also be an encouragement of some past achievement or blessing. I gave a friend battling cancer a painting of Denali, one of 6 continental highest mountains he had climbed in his lifetime. I gave the above painting titled "Deep and Wide" to remind my friends of the impact they have had by loving others deeply for a long time in the same place. Art speaks beyond words directly to the heart, providing encouragement each time it is encountered.
Consider art as a gift this season, and don't just think about the color of their decor. Think about what is in your heart and what their heart might need more of over the years ahead. 7 Arts Gallery will be having a show of smaller, affordable artworks in early December hoping to encourage art lovers to share their love with others!
Tom C. McGee, Jr.
Musings about mystery, art and spirituality.