It was early morning in 2005 on the beach. I was fishing for sunrise photo-subjects at Nags Head, NC. Just after daybreak, some expert fishermen appeared overhead. As they began their daily commute and trawling routines for substance, I was captured by the stunning beauty of the sky, the sun, the clouds and the pelicans flying among it all. Quickly, I raised my camera and clicked off as many shots of this moment as I could.
Some spiritual nudges were harboring there, too, and I suspected my photos would not catch those. They didn’t. Yet, I hoped that one day I would somehow re-visit those underlying mystical messages along with the photos and find appropriate ways to share the multiple layers of this dawning experience with others.
Eight years later, while I painted that scene, metaphors jumped out at me. Now, I hope this meager reflection on canvas might stir a brief nudge in you of the greatest fisherman of all, Jesus the Christ. The Messiah. God in human costume. His earth-layer, divine illumination awakened many, including Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (symbolized below); and His light glows on today, through the Gospels, other Biblical writers, His churches, through layers of creation, and yes, you.