Nature very often mirrors our own emotional experiences, but for most of humanity, we must rely on artists to masterfully articulate that which we feel. We read the beautiful words from Albert Camus, who wrote, “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” For anyone who has suffered a tragic loss or endured a great trial, those words ring true as a wisdom for the ages.
The way the earth regenerates after forest fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters is akin to our ability to persevere and thrive after our own tragedies. When artists are able to capture the human experience, whether in word or in form, there is a magical transference of emotion.
Every great artist leaves an association in our minds that can be expressed in just a few words. Michelangelo saw the divine element of human nature, Renoir saw joy in nineteenth-century progress, Richard MacDonald sees hope in the physical and spiritual nature of human beings. Hope and renewal are unchanging principles of nature, and these flow through Richard MacDonald’s work in a way we can all appreciate.
Marc Chagall famously said, “Great art picks up where nature ends.” This is never truer than in the bronze figurative sculptures of Richard MacDonald. Richard’s work, like all great artists, captures and reinterprets nature in such a way that we instantly connect with it.
Perhaps it is because his bronze figurative sculptures appear so lifelike that we half expect to see them breathe, or maybe it is because the sculptures themselves reveal the subject so intimately that we actually view the masterpiece, not as static bronze figure, but as Richard sees it – a living, breathing being, only momentarily suspended in time.