To see what a painter paints, one has to look at the unexpected form that jumps out of the canvas and not to look into his mind.
Art is not escape, but a way of finding order in chaos, a way of confronting life.—Robert Hayden
After 18 years, he picked up his brushes and started painting. According to him, it was a call from the Holy Spirit. As a person with faith, I believe him and not surprise that miracles do happen. Most of his paintings are a gift from his personal God who never gave up on him in life as a man living with mental illness.
One of my favorite paintings is his rendition of the Myth of Sisyphus. The gist of this myth is how we do repetitive actions, and there is happiness or satisfaction along the process.
This is precisely what painting is all about when he paints the formula of spheres in bold primary colors with black and white background. The effect is stunning with various patterns forming as I unfocus my sense of sight.
For him, the meaning of colors are Yellow is God the Father, Red is God the Holy Spirit, and Orange is God the Son, Christ. The combination of yellow and red is orange.
He and I discuss most of his work. Sometimes, he asks for my opinion what I think of a piece before he publishes it in his Facebook. One night, he was contemplating about colors. I told him my favorite color is blue. Below is what came out of his meditation with me in mind.
I wanted him to create something for me using the horse he painted years ago. I commissioned him to paint The Good Samaritan as written in Luke 10 for me similar to Van Gogh. Painters do not copy other’s work. The result is posted here.
He was productive in the year 2018. Painted plenty, sold some.
Dan Siglos: painter, brother, uncle. He is my brother.