"The truth will set you free."
mixed media on canvas (oil, texture paste, & decor stones)
30 x 24 in
Attractive lies continually surround us, attempting to penetrate and influence our hearts and minds so as to turn us away from what is actually True. In not knowing Truth Himself, it is challenging to know the way and to navigate life- to discern what is right and wrong, what is of God and what is not- at every moment and in every decision. Therefore, we must wholeheartedly seek the "True Gold," for not everything that shines in this world is truly gold.
This painting attempts to simply display how freeing it is once one comes to know Truth, which can be likened to gold: precious, valuable, and pure. This boy has come to know and live in the Truth, as depicted by his being shrouded with a heavily metallic golden light. In becoming absorbed and enveloped in the richness of what Truth has to offer, he is now set free, as illustrated in the form of dispersing rocks that transform into birds. What had previously been inanimate, heavy, and heaped upon the earth has now transformed into living, free creatures. Some of these birds also become gold, for he is gradually tasting what it is like to live in and understand the Truth. These golden birds also showcase his growth towards sanctity- the ultimate fruit of this way of life- for him to one day become entirely enveloped and overwhelmed in this True Gold.