Description The book of Isaiah relayed the edict if God. 'The Women of Lebanon shall become fertile.' The Lord shows his favour to all. In this drawing merge, M. R. Garcia presents the women of Lebanon wearing no Hijab. She is protected in the arms of Mary from the brutality of the world and her culture. Presented here as a vibrant beauty in God's paradise before the grail of life. On the cup symbols of various children of peace. In the woman's hand the arabic word for 'love'. Before her in the shelter of Mary's protection the greek word chosen (arios), commenting on God's acceptance of all innocents. 'This painting was in the honor of all peaceful muslims, who have suffered hate for their faith and cultural background since the events of 9/11. It was a call for them to receive respect both from fearful westerners and from muslim purists who refute God's love and justice are his greatest gift. As many who came before them for similar reasons, these are the new children of America. Christians, Jews, Muslims should all know we share a common ancestry. Really I mean no disrespect, I just wanted to reveal the beauty of middle eastern women.'
Michael R. A. Garcia, Garden Grove Member Since August 2011 Artist Statement Legally blind, Michael's creative vision was developed in the study of Classical and modern theatrical literature. His extensive experience in stage performance and direction led to an appreciation of light and composition. After his hereditary condition caused him to stop working in theaters he started focusing his creative energies towards graphic arts and music development. Always aiming at metaphor, social politics and spirituality in his early creative work this expressive medium permitted him a creative bridge to the exproration of light and perspective. The recent nine years have been riffled with turmoils and a extraordinary personal experience with Yahweh and Christ. "How man is connected to world events and to history through the spirit is a mystery that always seems just beyond definition, beyond expression. Mine is an art that does not excuse my own moral sloth. My work demands of me a choice. Though the ambiguity in enigma of it's expression gives room for the viewer to have their own journey. It is intriguing to me what values others project on the the matters or subjects in my work but there is a hope that budges in a direction of well, see for yourself.