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'A stranger to fame as I was to me,
she smiled on the canvas...
At beautiful streams I drank it all in
till clouds found me missing...
No day held fear, I was my master
for my dreams were pure'.
Laurence A Kerr, 2010, ‘Bio of an Artist’
As a child, I was a prolific artist and I was encouraged greatly to make something of it in my life. Inspired by works like the Mona Lisa, I especially wanted to capture and radiate on canvas the powerful inner beauty and innocence that I saw in various people and splendour in nature. I knew nothing of egotism or self promotion. It was not in me. It was all about the art. I lived for what it meant and I knew more about my art than I knew about myself..... I was a tiny part of the greater movement of many others living for the same ideal,,,,,my world became my canvas and i was happy.
One beautiful summer day, with sketch pad and pencils I ventured a few miles from home to the outskirts of my City and I sat down under a forest footbridge. For many hours I sketched the scene of dancing light on babbling water running out from under the shade of a rustic brick bridge. Occasionally I noted the slow but sure movement of sporadic soft white clouds overhead. I was oblivious and unconcerned about the gradual fading light, the passing of time and that I might be reported missing if I did’nt return home at my due time.
Later, I sketched and painted portraits of my family and friends, of people I had not met up close. I remained captured by the ordinary and the incredible, the earthly simplicity and the celestial uniqueness of their qualities, above nature, above everything that is wonderful about creation and the universe.
Now, in my music, I compose in the same manner, from the heart, willing to stay earthy but living to merge my natural senses with the unseen creator and co habitant of this world. Hoping to enjoin a tiny portion of that unimaginable splendour with my limited gifts and soulnarrative........
All that is good here is to the glory of God.