Aegis by John Darley


My wife and I have recently had our second child. I am sometimes consumed by the overwhelming feeling of love and protection I have for our two boys. I want sovereignty to raise and nurture them in the way I see best. The landscape around me is open, powerful, beautiful, and always changing, and, noisy, concerning information is flowing into my life at an unstoppable pace. I often feel that I can't escape it, and wish to find sanctuary for my family.

This painting is and was an outlet for these thoughts, and the emotions behind them. This painting understood the things that are hard for me to explain to others. Oil on linen. 34x34 in.