“I believe an artist’s work should be used as a tool to educate, motivate, encourage, and uplift the spirit,” says artist Dennis Pelliccia, “to stimulate a person’s mind to seek knowledge of the world around us and its Creator; and especially to spark the inner potential talents of others. If an artist’s work can inspire a person in just one of these ways, all the many hours spent creating his or her work have been worthwhile.”
Pelliccia has spent many hours studying the works and life of Vincent Van Gogh, and has been inspired to share his discoveries:
Vincent Van Gogh’s favorite poem was “Uphill” by Christina Rossetti, an English poet of Italian descent.
Does the road go uphill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the journey take the whole long day?
From morn till night my friend.
But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.
Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you standing at that door.
Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come.
Vincent’s brother, Theo van Gogh, spoke of reaching the top of the hill: “We’re like carters who with all the horses’ efforts have almost reached the top of the hill, they do an about-turn and often then, with a new effort, they reach the top. If only we were always thinking of that!”—Theo van Gogh to Vincent van Gogh. Paris, Monday, 14 July 1890.
Now watch the video below to see what I’ve discovered:
Tell me, Do You See What I See?
Dennis Pelliccia will be here every month to share his art and artistic vision with danshamptons.com!