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David Berry, 2002
Acrylic on canvas, 22" x 28"
Inspired by the style of Edward Hopper
This painting is an invitation to wonder about what has just happened and what might be. The scene is like the opening moment of a play before the action has begun. It is the instant in which you are brought into a story. At some point in our lives we turn and suddenly recognize God, but God seems to us to be a little distant and traveling in some other direction than we are.
I wanted to say something about my own spiritual journey. In the beginning I imagine myself as a one of many passengers at a busy station, a place where there are many people all there for the specific purpose of making the transition from and to someplace else. There are few places on earth where our individualism -- our personal egos -- can be more obvious than at a crossroads where everyone is from their own distant past and heading for a far away future. During the journey we are very much individuals among strangers. Usually people gather in a place because they have something in common and want to share an experience as part of a group, but at a crossroads the only thing we have in common with nearly everyone there is that we wish to be someplace else. Thus we share a moment of being isolated from other people.
A Life Changing Moment
I imagine that one day at a station I see The Christ, and suddenly all of the business, plans, originations and destinations seem irrelevant. What becomes important is following the glimpse of God, or at least examining my own life to see why I am not headed in the same direction. I no longer worry about going where I wanted to go. I no longer am concerned about leaving things behind and getting someplace on time. What I want is to follow God.
Is the train going to leave without me? Can I get on board -- do I have the right ticket? Where is everybody else? Where was I going? Is it really the right train? I find myself with all kinds of questions.
In the greater reality I find that the train has no engine, for it is the origination and the destination. No matter what train I get on, God is there. No timetable regulates the day, for in Godís presence the station is timeless. No ticket is required, for the admission is free, and there is unlimited capacity. The train is the only train and all trains. At any crossroads, God is in every stranger that walks by -- there to be seen for anyone who has the heart.
About Edward Hopper
Edward Hopper is another painter whose work is a reflection of his own vision without consideration to popular taste. Hopper manages to be both bland and powerful in a way that is indescribable, inviting and intriguing.
Off Site Links for Edward Hopper
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For a look at Hopper's paintings at the WebMuseum, click here.