The effect of texture on surface is what I enjoy most about visual art in the works of others. This is what I strive to bring out in my own work, particularly in my photos and paintings. In each work, hidden realities become exposed in the light. Here is a broad sampling of my work. All images are available for purchase unless other wise indicated. Contact Douglas directly for terms. All images on this page are copyrighted.
© 2018, Douglas A. Beck
Photograph: Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park, Maine
Collage: photo and paper, 30 March 2018, “Without limits”
Statement: While thinking about my lifelong work as a teacher and a learner, I came across this quote from Athanasius in his writing, On the Incarnation. “For as a good teacher who cares for his students always condescends to teach by simpler means those who are not able to benefit from more advanced things, so also does the Word of God…for there were no such works among them [without] the God Word.”
For me, this sums up my experience of teaching and learning. I can see how there are no limits to what God can do in and through us. I created a collage that was inspired by this understanding. I pray for the humility and grace to teach and learn without limiting the transformation of others or my own. May it be so.
Snow flurries over frozen Phillips Lake, Maine, acrylic with clear tar medium on canvas, 36″x 36″
This piece is inspired by a dream I had some years back. This happened at what I came to know as the close of an intense time in my life. It was a time that brought me back to some of life’s most basic questions. From where did I come? Who am I? To where am I going? I had been praying over these questions for several months.
One night while sleeping, I dreamt I live in the river of life. I noticed the dug, but not occupied grave. Then, I saw the grave marker that had my name but no dates. With this came the realization that my arrival at this destination was also a return to my source of origin. This source was none other than the River of Life. I recall that the atmosphere in the dream was one of complete stillness. I experienced the most peacefulness that I could know. Awaking, I knew it to be true.
Pseudo-Dionysius the Aeropagite, of the fifth-sixth centuries put forward the notion of a spiritual journey as a mystical map with three stages. I did this piece, aware of his three stages. Purgation is the first step, illustrated by the grave. Step Two is illumination. In this case, it is the realization that a transition from death to life has already occurred as I am “alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom 6:11, NRSV). The illumination of movement into new life leads to Step Three. This is union with God available to “anyone who wishes [to] take the water of life as a gift” (Rev 22:17, NRSV).
Douglas A. Beck, ObJN in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 17 October 2017