It’s hard to imagine life without the art of cinema. Ever since I was a child, I have loved watching films and becoming completely immersed in the magic of the stories they tell. I imagine many people go to the movies to be told a story, but I feel so much more than a one sided story when I watch a new film. A movie can teach me so much about myself, how my life relates to each character, how my art can be inspired, and how I feel about certain perspectives in the world. Watching a movie is a conversation in my mind. Something that can create such magic and curiosity. I go to the movies to dream… and to inspire new dreams.
Stephen Hawking once said, “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”
Curiosity is what leads my art. Never stopping, always wondering. I believe that curiosity is what will inspire my work for the rest of my life. Throughout the years, curiosity and experimentation are the constants that help me continuously improve my work.
I recently went to see a film that I’ve been been dying to see since I first heard it was in the works; The Theory of Everything. A film about the life of the incredible Stephen Hawking and his relationship with his first wife, Jane Wilde Hawking. A story that is incredibly touching in so many ways, told beautifully and magically… much like Hawking’s work.
Stepping out of the theater and back onto the busy streets of New York City, I felt a quiet optimism. What I found most inspiring in the movie, was a specific scene involving a pen dropping to the floor (you must see to know what I’m referring to!). That scene evoked a million emotions all at once… but was inspiring to me in countless ways. In each and everyone of us there is some sort of weakness, but it’s what we choose to do with our strengths that will keep us dreaming and creating…
This painting is inspired by an especially romantic scene between Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen, and Felicity Jones, who plays Jane. They are falling in love at a party under hundreds of glowing string lights… which appear in my mind as the stars of the universe encapsulating their young romance.
If there’s one thing you do during the holidays, make sure you go see this film.