This is the last painting that I finished in 2021. As with all of my paintings, the image was not mapped out prior to making the piece - the process drove the way that the image developed.
As I mentioned earlier, I generally do not publicly title my paintings, however, I do have names that I use privately to refer to some of them. I call this piece "my inward sea" after Howard Thurman's famous words:
"There is in every person an inward sea, and in that sea
there is an island and on that island there is an altar
and standing guard before the altar is the 'angel with
the flaming sword.' Nothing can get by that angel to be
placed upon the altar unless it has the mark of your
inner authority. Nothing passes 'the angel with the
flaming sword' to be placed upon your altar unless
it be part of 'the fluid area of your consent.' This is
your crucial link with the Eternal."