The Stories Behind the Story – Unique Opportunities Shape Your Life – ROAD

ROAD (Ke-VEESH) | pastel-graphite-colored pencil, 22" x 30" | $ 3,000

This is an inspiring update! The insightful 10th chapter of "The Stories Behind the Story" series has been posted! This chapter explores new directions in “CROSSROADS: Unique Opportunities Shape Your Life.”

"Decisions made at pivotal crossroads define our paths and shape our destinies."

As we delve deeper, be prepared for the revelation of two more personal stories intricately woven around the theme of concealing and revealing. Each narrative peels back the layers, giving you an intimate peek into the inspiration behind my artwork.

Have you missed any segment of the series? No worries at all! You will find all the stories available in the NEWS section on my website.

I’m eager to discover if the latest story resonates with you. Your insights are of immense value, and I am very excited to hear them. Please take a moment to share your reflections. Let’s keep this creative journey going together!

CROSSROADS: Unique Opportunities Shape Your Life

Have you ever found yourself standing at a crossroads and wondering which path to chose?

As an artist…I'm no stranger to the dilemma. I've encountered several pivotal moments, each laden with its blend of challenges and prospects. One of the most memorable crossroads emerged when I transitioned from being an artist to venturing into art dealing. It was a decision that demanded I stretch beyond my familiar boundaries. Yet, in hindsight, it proved to be a wise move that imparted invaluable insights into the art industry and entrepreneurial dynamics.

 

Photo courtesy of Wilson Vitorino

Life is full of twists and turns

As I flourished in my newfound role, a sense of longing grew within me—it became a familiar sensation. I encountered numerous crossroads along my journey, each with distinct challenges and opportunities. Yet, my heart yearned to reconnect with my true passion for creating art. When the next crossroad inevitably appeared, I knew exactly what to do. I bid farewell to my successful career as an art dealer and wholeheartedly embraced my return to the world of creating art. Life's path twists and turns, and every crossroad offers a unique chance to choose: left, right, forward, or even back again.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Aeppli

Critical crossroads brings me full circle

Decisions made at pivotal crossroads define our paths and shape our destinies. Rediscovering art-making marked a profound return to my roots—a journey back to happiness. The detour had finally concluded. Though I've chosen my current path, I ponder when the next intersection will appear. Nonetheless, I stand prepared to embrace the journey whenever it arises, eager to discover where it will lead me next.

Photo courtesy of J. Plenio

Which path will you choose?

Crossroads are woven into the fabric of time globally and intimately visible daily. These intersections prompt decisions, whether obvious or unexpected. Which path will you choose? Consider life's pivotal choices—education, career, relationships, spirituality—and weigh their pros and cons. What do you genuinely desire? Will you embrace the challenge or opt for the easier route? As you navigate life's journey, more crossroads will emerge, each shaping your path according to your aspirations and decisions.

Photo courtesy of Gerardo Ramirez

Decisions

Decisions hinge on the intersections we encounter, whether apparent or unexpected. Ultimately, the choice is always yours. Recently, I faced another crossroads and made a decision that led me down a path filled with discomfort and excitement. Stepping beyond our familiar territory inevitably brings challenges. How do we manage the anxiety that accompanies it? Can we find peace at that pivotal moment? These are topics that deserve exploration in another tale.

Photo courtesy of Peter Steiner

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ROAD (ke-VEESH)
ROAD (Ke-VEESH) | pastel-graphite-colored pencil, 22" x 30" | $ 3,000

As I contemplate this drawing, I perceive it as a reflection of my life's journey, weaving through various twists and turns. Ahead, an ambiguous crossroad looms prominently. The path navigates through the complexities encountered on any voyage. Here, highlighted in yellow, is the pivotal intersection where choices must be made. It marks a decisive moment in my journey, a thoughtful full stop.

Full Stop

Courtesy of Fabio Bertapelle

THE NEXT STORY

Personality: I Love the Color - RED

"His simple response, I love the color red, made me realize that our reaction to color can reveal aspects of our personalities."

"Despite the information about the symbols attached to each color, how individuals respond to the color adds meaning."

"Red - adventure, action, energy, strength, passion, excitement, and love."

RED (ah-DOHM) | pastel-graphite-colored pencil, 22" x 30" | $ 3,000

REVEALED FAITH STATEMENT: The big story behind all the drawings

Fascinated by how we conceal or reveal ourselves, I ask, who are we, and how much do we hide from the world? The question has been at the heart of my recent artwork, inspired by the history of the Crypto-Jews during the Inquisition. These individuals continued to practice their true faith in secret, using their ingenuity to avoid detection by the authorities. It’s intriguing how they concealed their religious practice and how clues were revealed to those who knew where to look.

However, this is just one example of how people have historically hidden their true selves. Even in modern times, many still need to mask their identities, fearing persecution or rejection. It’s a painful reality that so many of us hide who we are.

In my artwork, I explore the tension between concealing and revealing my own identity as a Jew. How much should I disclose, and what should remain veiled? In my drawings, I embed Hebrew words that are partially concealed within abstract environments. These symbols serve as a metaphor for how we all hide aspects of identity while providing a subtle hint to those who know where to look.

Ultimately, I hope my art will encourage others to feel more comfortable expressing their true selves. Whether we conceal or reveal our identities, we all have a unique story to tell, and we must find the courage to share it with the world.

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