|"Chatham Harbor," original 10x30" acrylic on three linen panels, copyright Joan Cole|
“Chatham Harbor” is a triptych, an art form used in early Christian art. Triptychs were a standard format for altar paintings from the Middle Ages onwards. Although this is not a religious piece, I chose this format, in part, because of my reverence for the natural world. Everywhere I look in nature, I am inspired to paint. Albert Schweitzer is one of my heroes. His book Reverence for Life says it all. If everyone lived by Schweitzer's standards, the world would be a better place.
Be that as it may, this triptych offers the viewer a 180-degree view of Chatham Harbor. At the same time,
when viewed individually,
provides its own unique perspective.
I believe that beauty is a matter of perspective. It surrounds us. Beauty is everywhere we look—if we look.
What do you find in “Chatham Harbor”?