“Sometimes when I paint a child, he might not have a face. Without a face, he’s every child. The cloth of his coat is hardy and plain, his shoes sturdy. Sometimes he has so little that I paint him without a shadow. The landscape is barren, without flowers or trees. The child is totally alone. But then I might add a bit of color, trying to put some hope in the picture. Because you know that if you invited this child inside, gave him a bath, cooked him dinner, and shared some time with him, it wouldn’t be long before you saw the real person within. The child would smile, play games and talk to you. He’d trust you after a while, his defenses would crumble and you would see his love and compassion.” – Mackenzie Thorpe
In this Mackenzie Thorpe limited edition print for sale, a faceless child is seen alone in a field of heart shaped flowers. He is wearing the dark, hooded coat and sturdy, simple shoes that Thorpe often paints in his artwork to show that he doesn’t come from much. He’s holding a bouquet of flowers in one hand and a single flower in the other, as he is ready to give his abundance of love to the world.
Although the figure is standing on a foundation of love, the background is filled with tumultuous storm clouds. This contrast gives the image an ominous feeling, but shows that there is hope if you look for it. Thorpe believes that every struggle, or storm cloud, in life will always come to an end so he paints light breaking through and vibrant pops of color like the red flowers. You must experience both sides of the sky to gain appreciation for the light.
Thorpe also believes that children are the ultimate source of love. As seen in this image, they plant love at our feet, they nurture it and help it to grow throughout our lives. The majority of Thorpe’s art expresses love and hope, however, he does not shy away from the darkness that also exists in life. He tries to illustrate, as authentically as possible, the realness and grittiness of everyday life.
Thorpe’s much-loved pictures are rooted in authenticity, expressing an emotionally tender world. They always carry a universal message of hope that connects with people across cultures. This Mackenzie Thorpe artwork is available for sale at Marcus Ashley Gallery along with works by over 40+ of the most famous artists of our time. Located in Lake Tahoe, Marcus Ashley Gallery is recognized for its outstanding service, which includes custom framing, private home shows for clients within 60 miles and worldwide shipping.
Print that is signed and numbered by the artist.
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This will come to you either unframed and tubed with complimentary Continental U.S. shipping – use code ARTFREESHIP – or you can add a custom frame with us.