Joy and freedom abound in the sunset surf, as a young woman raises her arms toward the sunset on the Pacific Coast.
Ocean Breeze invites the viewer to join this young woman on the beach and glorify in the warmth of the setting sun, the coolness of the afternoon breeze, the sound of the surf at our feet, and the incredible color that is in the clouds, the sand, and the water.
Is the young woman worshiping? Or is she simply breaking out into a physical song of joy, exuberant over her youth, her strength, the future ahead, and the sheer awesomeness of being alive?
Ocean Breeze, like all fine art representational paintings, tells a story, and the story that it tells is largely up to the viewer who sees the painting. As the artist, Steve Henderson created the work with a story and meaning in mind, but because truth embraces that which is good and right and honorable, the story is not limited to what is in the artist’s mind, or what flows from the paint in his brush.
Step into the world of Ocean Breeze and experience the feeling of freedom and joy that it embraces. Listen to the subtle sounds of the sea and the surf, and allow yourself to leave the cares and worries of everyday, “modern” life behind – the problems and the projects won’t go away while you’re gone, but maybe they will seem more manageable by the time you return, refreshed by the sea and the sense of hope and majesty that it imparts.
Ocean Breeze reminds us that life is a beautiful thing, and that each breath we take is a gift from the Creator who made and loves us. Perhaps it is a form of worship that the woman is doing – not the staid, stale “worship” of a church service, but the spontaneous outflowing of love from a grateful heart.
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First Place in Fine Art America group Everyday Wonder, Summer Sun and Sea contest.
March 13th, 2017
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