The Impact of Beauty
I see the pursuit of beauty as a service to others. Painting is one of the most direct, personal, and unfiltered ways to communicate beauty from the mind and eye of the artist to the minds and hearts of others. As John Paul II emphasizes in his Letter to Artists, beauty gives us hope, refreshes us and makes us willing to endure the hardships of life. Art - sensory, man-made forms - actually changes the way that individuals and societies think and act. At best, visual art will produce forms that act as a calling and a means of formation for souls to be shaped in ways of beauty. Art, whether painting, sculpture, architecture, or music, can be thought of as molds that impress themselves upon the matter of our senses and leave behind some part of themselves that stays with us. The harmony and beauty -- or the ugliness and discord -- that are present in the forms with which we surround ourselves inevitably mark us. I see it as a personal calling to make paintings that will lift the hearts and minds of others; that will help align souls with the beauty of creation and the Creator Himself.
I aim to produce art that is deeply and intrinsically aligned with the principles of Goodness, Truth, and, most directly, Beauty. All of my art is an expression of my creative vision. I am committed to providing my clients and patrons with complete satisfaction whenever they purchase or commission artwork from me. I trust that all parties who graciously patronize my work will understand that, in order to do my best as an artist, I must have liberty to decline requests that do not align with the principles behind my work or my vision of beauty.
~ John H. Folley