“When I was young, I said to God, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the universe.’ But God answered, ‘That knowledge is for me alone.’ So I said, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.’ Then God said, ‘Well George, that’s more nearly your size.’ And he told me.” – George Washington Carver
This quote from George Washington Carver, famed American scientist and botanist, illustrates a wonderful truth: there is great mystery, beauty and value even in the smallest of God’s creations. There was a time when I tackled grander themes in my painting, but I have been happy and challenged to take on the “smaller” subjects in my current work. Our lives are typically so full and flooded by various stimuli that I find it nurturing and calming to focus intently on the small and lovely – and to find, even there, the magnificent evidence of God’s hand.
The painting pictured here, Gooseberries in White Bowl, explores the glorious within the simple – and in addition, it’s “more nearly my size.”