This 27 x 40-inch oil painting “Breath of Life” was conceived with Teilhard de Chardin’s “Cosmogenesis” in mind. I later added to the symbolism, the cutout in plywood as part of the landscape which speaks of how we have appropriated creation to our own detriment and selfish profit, and in many cases perverted God’s miraculous gift.
The work speaks to us today even more poignantly than when I painted it. It speaks of the created world and the crisis in which we find ourselves. We here in Puerto Rico who have lived through Hurricane Maria have seen both the most beautiful and the most destructive forces of nature. When I think of the devastation, the waste and the suffering, I lament that we humans have contributed in a significant way to this most devastating, urgent climate crisis.