I’m always hesitant to show photos of my acrylic paintings to anyone who hasn’t seen the work in person. Texture plays a significant role in my acrylic paintings and texture does not photograph well. But here’s a try:
My paintings have a story behind them and many are inspired by my travels. Three years ago I visited Burma (Myanmar) and absolutely fell in love with it. This triptych is called “Hope is in the Monks of Myanmar.”
I believe that an uprising is coming in Burma and that it will originate in the monasteries. The magnificent people of Burma simply cannot continue to live under this oppressive regime indefinitely. Something’s gotta give.
The colors in the paintings represent the colors of the monk’s robes as they progress up the ranks. When they are tiny, the robes are white, but as young men they are more saffron/orange, darkening as they age and grown within Buddhism, until the abbott’s robes are closer to burgundy.
The figures in the paintings represent the monk’s bowls, from which comes their sustenance. Without the generosity of the people, the monks would starve. That will not happen in Burma. I have never known a more generous people. Into the bowls pour food, ideas (represented by the collaged calligraphy) and wealth (represented by gold leaf that I bought in Burma, which, sadly, you can’t detect in these photos).
This is my hope for Burma: health and prosperity in a democratic nation.
– Paula Rath