“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” -- Oscar Wilde
It is unescapable if you are human. Temptation, that is.
My Painting is titled "The Portal of Temptations", where a diamond is front and center, unfolding a scene that is metaphoric of our human condition - temptations. Temptations are neither good nor bad, they are just part of our existence. Lust, love, passion, greed, risk, money, and more...can you imagine your life without it?
A diamond heist was a perfect metaphor for me to explore the theme of temptations. An emerald cut diamond is the center of this unfolding drama.
"The Portal of Temptations" painting is from the 'Diamond Portal Series". In this series, I explore the moments of human emotions as seen through the lens of the diamond as a storyteller. You are invited to enter portals where subtle references exist but the story is completed based on your life experiences and desires. I hope that each time you see the work, a new set of questions, solutions and possibilities emerge. The qualities of diamond act as metaphor and hold the stories together.
Here are a few images of the painting and the process. Enjoy!
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