“Impermanence”

IMG_2223“Impermanence”, mixed media, 50″x 70″

Impermanence is a Buddhist belief expressing that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient.

While on my morning walks through the woods I am always watchful for the small changes that are always happening in nature along the trail. The light is always changing, I find rocks that have tumbled down onto the path, the stream sometimes runs high, sometimes it is almost dry. Everything is in a constant state of either growth or decay. It’s fascinating to observe and I wanted to capture that sense of change and the passage of time in this painting. As I was working, I kept thinking of this quote that I thought was also based in Buddhism but turned out to be from Heraclitus (ca. 540-480BC):

“Everything changes but change itself. Everything flows and nothing remains the same……You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

To everyone who has noted how much my work has changed over the years, I can only say that it was inevitable. I am not the same person I was ten or five or even one year ago. My work will also change again so just enjoy the journey.