BEAUTY FOR HOPE

Every human being can relate to the longing – that itch for something more than mortal life. As C.S. Lewis once said, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

Every kind of art, be it painting, dance, music, or literature, stirs something in the human heart. It kindles a fire, a belief that there is something beyond our human scope of understanding. It reminds us that love is more than science, heroism more than an animalistic urge to survive.

Beauty puts us in touch with our humanity, and teaches us to hope for heaven. It is that hope that gives meaning to life, and it is why, as Dostoevsky said, “Beauty will save the world.”

 
If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.
— C.S. Lewis
 

Therefore, in every photograph I take, I seek to spark hope in the person photographed: hope that they are beautiful, loved, valued. In every drawing I sketch, I seek to spark hope in the eye of the beholder, that life is worth living. In every story I write, I seek to spark hope that, as the great Samwise Gamgee said, “There’s still good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”

That is why I create. I create to touch the transcendent, to lift my own soul and the souls of those around me to our Creator, who is reflected in every good, true and beautiful thing there is.