Sometimes we are moved and inspired by things that are completely foreign to us. Tony Hernandez is an example of this. Hernandez was born in the mid-sixties in the deep South, yet he paints pictures of children that are inspired by the drawings on the walls in the kindercamps in Auschwitz, as well as by photographs of Jewish victims and refugees. Hernandez says that the children are not expectant, waiting for hope; instead they are vessels of peace and enlightenment.
This concept makes me feel uneasy. I think it presents children in a light that is unnatural to me. However, Hernandez' work is hauntingly beautiful. (I wonder if I didn't know his inspiration I would have a different take on things??)
Hernandez paints on birch panels with oil pigment and thick layers of beeswax and damar resin, melted together to create a wax medium called encaustic, also known as hot wax painting. The end result makes his images seem like they are floating on the wood. The pictures of his work are lovely, but I am sure the depth is missing when not seen in person.
My inspirations are pretty standard ones... God, my family, nature, art, music. And I'm good with that... mainly because I find great joy in all of these things. What inspires you?