There was a line in the movie, The Monuments Men, that went something like - Hitler tried to take from every nation, the sense of culture of relationship and of beauty so that we would be left lifeless and hopeless- .
We do not realize how landmark buildings that have stood for centuries create the community we live in. We tend to forget that the Rembrandts, Michelangelo's, Picasso's and Monet's are etched in our minds, on our postcards and heralded as the greatest of our time.
We take for granted the importance of creativity and art until we find ourselves in a sterile place devoid of inspiration, color, shading and light. In those places we find that our hearts and our very souls languish.
It amazes me that out of those very sterile places art emerges. Out of prisons, out of migrant camps, out of hospitals come creations that cause us to pause, breathless. Those artists paint with passion that comes from a soul held captive. They paint from a soul starving for color, light, shading and freedom. Their imaginations recreate for them a life they no longer have, a passion they can no longer realize and a peace they cannot grasp.
These artists remind us of the beauty, the suffering, the inspiring and the spiritual aspects of humanity. Without them we have cement, asphalt, steel and wires. A world we cannot survive in without the death of our soul.
Please consider adorning your home with original art. Support those whose passion is to create. We need them.
JMatheny honed his skill and learned to release his creativity inside of prison walls and behind razor wire.
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