"Gomer" 48x36, Oil on Canvas
I've had this in my mind for a while and finally got the chance to paint it. I am going to try to do more as a series of responses to Hosea. I thought about how she was "lost" out in the city. Her husband had to go looking for her. A man that loved to be in the country. I thought about his love for Gomer and how he looked until he found her and bought her back from her enslavement at whatever the cost. I thought about what had enticed her to leave. Her wayward heart that was looking for some excitement or attention. All along what she truly needed was to stay true to her first love.
In a way this is a painting of contrasts. One of heavenly light (as my friend Matt pointed out) and city lights. One of light fading and one of lights coming on. One of an abstract bending of light and another a grid of lines cutting through our city like scissor clips. It's also about how a city sometimes forgets to just look up. Beauty is grace.
As I've been traveling this summer I have seen some beautiful landscapes in our country. Farmlands and fields, waterfalls and valleys. I got to stay in some motels along the way and move over some of the concrete lines that traverse our nation. Getting passed or passing the trucks that really move this country from one end to the other. My kids and I having a time looking at all the different license plates.
I couldn't help but see how many "Adult Bookstores" lined the highways. It has become clear to me that everything is accessible just off the freeway. This was the first time in my life that I actually used the Anti Trafficking Hotline while on vacation. We were pulling into our hotel in Arkansas and passed another one on the way. One with a balcony. I have learned through Children's Advocacy Center of Texas that some hotels off the freeway with balcony's are used by traffickers. As we were passing this motel I saw a young lady on the balcony standing with a young man. She looked right at me in the van. She had a little tattoo on her stomach and the young man was pulling her arm. I've learned that this lets Johns know that she is available as they come off the freeway. As we left for dinner a few minutes later we passed the same hotel and I didn't see her out there anymore. I could not shake the feeling that I should report it just in case. After dinner, I did contact the Anti-Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888 or SMS: 233733 (Text "HELP" or "INFO"). You can give your tips anonymously if you choose to do so.